Georgia Bulldogs: Juwan Parker

Fox talks new signee, recruiting 

April, 18, 2013
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MACON, Ga. -- Georgia basketball coach Mark Fox officially announced his team’s newest 2013 signee Thursday afternoon. He met with reporters at the UGA Day tour stop in Macon on Thursday evening to discuss the newest Bulldog, Kenny Paul Geno, recruiting and the Bulldogs’ 2013-14 schedule.

Geno, a 6-foot-6 small forward, averaged 23.1 points and 12.5 rebounds per game as a senior at Boonesville (Miss.) High School. The high riser likely will bring fans to their feet with his leaping ability, but Fox likes his long-range shooting ability even more.

ATHENS, Ga. -- Georgia coach Mark Fox wished SEC Player of the Year Kentavious Caldwell-Pope well Monday after the sophomore guard announced that he will skip his final two seasons of college to enter the NBA draft.

“I think he went back and forth some and he took his time,” Fox said. “He took his time, but it wasn’t easy. Even today, in thanking me today and he’s very appreciative of his experience that he’s had at Georgia. He really has enjoyed playing here and he’s got an opportunity to pursue his lifelong dream and he’s chosen to do that.”

ESPN’s Chad Ford ranks Caldwell-Pope as the No. 21 overall prospect and No. 6 shooting guard in the June draft and projects him as a mid-first-round selection. Fox said he believed Caldwell-Pope weighed the proper information before making his decision.

“He went as far as to investigate what life would be like if he’s a guy that’s drafted and is placed in the D-League,” Fox said. “He’s researched this thing very, very well, very deeply and I thought he handled it very well to be honest with you.”

But Caldwell-Pope’s departure likely lowers the ceiling for Fox’s club in 2013-14, much like when juniors Trey Thompkins and Travis Leslie entered the 2011 draft and the Bulldogs slipped from 21-12 and a spot in the NCAA tournament to 15-17 the following season.

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ATHENS, Ga. -- With Georgia on spring break, it has been a fairly quiet week around DawgNation before spring practice resumes on Tuesday and the NFL-bound Bulldogs hold their pro day on Thursday.

But we still kept readers up to date on football practice and recruiting with a number of updates this week.

On the team side, we took a look at a couple of key positions to watch this spring. The offensive line was by far the biggest question mark last year at this time, but the group returns everyone and should enjoy more reliable depth this spring and fall. And the secondary must replace three starters this season, so we took a look at some of the contenders who can help their causes this spring.

We also provided a quick update on former five-star defensive end Ray Drew, who hopes to continue his progress from late last season and emerge as a starter on the line this fall.

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Parker ready for next chapter at UGA 

March, 12, 2013
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Tulsa (Okla.) Booker T. Washington isn’t accustomed to uneven basketball seasons, but it sure felt like the 2012-13 season was going to be about building toward the future.

Somebody forgot to tell Georgia signee Juwan Parker. Despite a roster that lacked experience, despite a season that started 0-3 and 4-6, somehow Parker willed his squad back to its 37th Oklahoma state basketball tournament appearance.


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UGA commit Juwan Parker interview

August, 26, 2012
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Oklahoma SG Juwan Parker picks UGA

August, 19, 2012
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Georgia basketball coach Mark Fox didn’t get the first Parker brother he went for -- but 13 years later, he got a crack at another one. He got his man this time around.

Shooting guard Juwan Parker (Tulsa, Okla./Booker T. Washington) announced Sunday he has verbally committed to Georgia.

“This feels awesome right now,” Parker said. “I’ve been recruited by so many schools for such a long time. It feels good to have this done.”

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