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July 25, 2011
Memphis guard picks up UGA offer
Last week, the Georgia Bulldogs basketball program picked up their first 2012 commitment in the form of Rivals150 PG Charles Mann. Now that the 6'5 lead guard is in the fold, Georgia coach Mark Fox can move on to looking for a shooting guard to join him in the backcourt. With that in mind, Georgia recently decided to offer Memphis (Tn.) Booker T. Washington SG Martavious Newby, who was one of the top performers at the Nike Peach Jam earlier this month.
"I now have offers from Ole Miss, Missouri, Tennessee, Georgia, Nebraska, Auburn, Tulane, Arkansas, Kent State, and U-Mass," Martavious Newby told UGASports. "Those are really the only schools recruiting me."
The Georgia Bulldogs coaching staff watched Newby's Memphis YOMCA team play several times at the Peach Jam and saw enough to decide they want him to be a part of their 2012 recruiting class. They wasted no time getting in touch with Newby after the tournament ended.
"The day after I got back from the Peach Jam, I woke up around noon and they called me right then. Philip Pearson was the coach I talked to and he just said he liked the way I played," Newby said.
The 6'3, 201-pound guard said the interest Georgia has in him is mutual.
"I'm pretty interested in Georgia," said Newby. "I like the way they push the ball. I like the way they play at Georgia. They got a good football team, I like A.J. Green. I watched some of their games last year and I liked # 1, Travis Leslie."
With all of the offers coming in so quick, Newby needs to take time and think about all his options. He's in no rush to make a decision on where he will play college basketball.
"After football season at my school, I'll make a decision," said Newby, who plays wide receiver for his high school team. "I'm going to take my official visits and then decide. I'll probably visit Ole Miss, Arkansas, Georgia, U-Mass, and Tennessee. I'll still look at some other schools if they decide to come after me."
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Dan McDonald is the basketball recruiting writer for UGASports and he can be reached via email at DMcDonaldHoops@yahoo.com.