Rayshaun Hammonds

Rayshaun Hammonds Chooses Georgia

Georgia lands one of the top recruits in the country in Rayshaun Hammonds.

Mark Fox and Jonas Hayes made Rayshaun Hammonds a priority and he is the first High School recruit to commit in any fashion to Georgia since Mike Edwards.  Hammonds made his commitment and then immediately signed his Letter of Intent to attend the University of Georgia during a signing event at Norcross High School.

Hammonds is a 6’8″ 215 pound Combo Forward who should carry the torch from Yante Maten as far as the role that he plays for the Georgia Basketball Team.  Hammonds’ versatility, athleticism and skill set stand out because he has the experience of playing on the perimeter and developed interior skills as well.  Hammonds is a converted Small Forward who should add additional strength and possibly more hair from this point until Fall Practice 2017.  He is going to get the opportunity to play a lot of minutes next season, especially if NBA scouts deem Yante Maten to be NBA-ready.

This is a major commitment not just because Georgia landed a high quality recruit, but because Georgia did not strike out in the Fall Signing Period.  Over the past few years, when Georgia has received a commitment of any sort another is soon to follow.  Georgia has been recruiting in bunches of the past few years.

Hammonds’ family was clearly excited about Rayshaun becoming a Bulldog as they revealed themselves all to be decked out in Georgia gear.  Hammonds was Priority #1 for Mark Fox this Fall and in that sense – Mission Accomplished.

8 comments

  1. Huge pick up for Fox! Now see if we can build off this and convince other prospects to join Hammonds in Athens. Does Hammonds play summer ball with any unsigned prospects that are interested in UGA?

  2. Good start to the class! Jonas is doing the job. He and Fox deserved this one. As you said, he has been a priority for a long time. Gotta follow it up now and finish out the class. It’s a big class, so we need a good one.

  3. Thanks Heck.

    I know we’re hoping against hope for Carter and Claxton is still a possibility. Are there any other potential early signees?

    1. Heck, what do you think they odds are Davenport gets the offer? He has been putting up huge numbers for Highlands the first few games this season. He had 37 in their previous game.

    2. What’s up with the top 100 SG out of Berkmar? I’d never heard a word about him but he is in our backyard, and listed among the consensus top 100 on 247.

      Also, chance we try to jump in on a big name like MJ Walker that’s waiting until spring to sign?

  4. Thanks. So if we finish the early period with only Hammonds, (who seems like the highest ranked recruit since KCP crorrect?), are you OK with us being able to fill all of the 3 or so spots remaining in the fall? It seems like that would make a quick start and a whole season running the same exciting style of play we saw at the end of last year that much more important. It’s time for Fox to give these recruits a reason to want to come here! BTW, have you considered an article ranking the SEC coaches? I would very much like to see where you have Fox.

  5. Kudos to Fox and Hayes. I didn’t think Fox was capable of signing such a high caliber player ( I still think KCP was a fluke). UGA has the makings of a pretty good front court for the 2017-18 & 2018-19 seasons if Ogbeide, Edwards, and Wilridge improve and Diatta lives up to some of the reports I’ve read and heard.

    The bad news: Even with Hammonds, UGA is way behind many other SEC schools in terms of recent recruiting (and not just KY, which will always surpass UGA in basketball recruiting). In particular, Howland, Pearl, and Avery Johnson are crushing it on the recruiting trail. Hammonds certainly helps, but will Fox be able to keep UGA competitive by developing lower profile recruits as he’s done in the past?

  6. I’m assuming that Maten will be back for his senior year to lead this team. If so…next year will boast 1 of the more talented teams that UGA has had in quite a while.
    Fox is such an excellent x’s and o’s coach. Now that he’s got some talent….watch out!

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