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Wednesday, April 17, 2013
Dawgs add small forward for 2013

By Radi Nabulsi

ATHENS, Ga. -- On the heels of losing the SEC’s Player of the year in Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Mark Fox picked up a new edition to his basketball team on Wednesday.

“Kenny Paul Geno has committed to the University of Georgia,” said Booneville (Miss.) High School head coach Mike Smith. “He committed this morning. Georgia first came to see him May 10. Then they came to watch two of his games. He took an official visit there two weeks ago.”

The 6-foot-6 small forward averaged 23 points and 14 rebounds per game.

“He will be a small forward, but Fox says before he leaves he wil be able to play the one through the four,” Smith said. “He is only 17 and won’t be 18 until June so they think he will continue to grow some.”

Smith said Georgia fans are in for a treat when Geno hits the floor.

“He can jump out of the gym,” Smith said. “He will jump over you and put his head on the rim. He can jump like the guys at Florida Gulf Coast. He will get into a slam dunk contest with anybody. I have never had a kid that when the game is over a referee would come by and ask for a tape of the kid. They say, ‘I have never seen a dunk like that.’ So far I have sent out three discs to referees.”

According to his coach, the small-town star will impress off the court as well.

“He is not only a great player but he is an even better person,” Smith said. “He will be an ambassador to that program. I have had very few kids that wouldn’t cuss, or chase girls or the like. I wish my kids would grow up to be like that. He has taught the kids in this town that with enough hard work your dreams truly can come true.”