Mark Fox had only two scholarships to give for the 2014 class, and they are now taken after Yante Maten and Fred Iduwe both committed to the Georgia Bulldogs on Saturday.
Yante Maten is a 6-foot-8, 220-pound power forward from Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. As a senior at Lahser High School, he averaged 19.8 points, 15.2 rebounds, and 6.6 blocks and also had 48 assists.
Maten, rated as a 3-star recruit by Rivals.com, is a two-time All-State selection and was named the 2014 Gatorade Player of the Year in Michigan. He committed to the Bulldogs over offers from Indiana and Michigan State.
“They got a steal,” Maten’s high school Coach Duane Graves told Dawgs247. “They got a very, very good player. He’s going to make the Bulldog nation very proud.”
Mark Fox and the Hoop Dawgs also landed a commitment from center Fred Iduwe of St. John’s Northwestern Military Academy in Wisconsin.
Iduwe (6-11, 220) hails from Nigeria and has only been playing basketball for three and a half years. He reportedly was also receiving interest from Auburn, Georgia Tech, Minnesota, and Washington State.
“I feel Georgia is a school where I can play,” Iduwe told Dawgs247. “I like the conference they play in. I’m going to be close to home now (with host family in Birmingham). I really like the coaches, the players. They are easy going people. Georgia felt very comfortable to me.”
Georgia only had two open scholarships for the class of 2013-14, so their recruiting is likely done. The Spring signing period for basketball begins on Wednesday, April 16 and extends through May 21.