November 15, 2007

Hoops Notebook: Signees & Freshmen

Wednesday's first day of the NCAA's early-signing period payed big dividends for the Georgia basketball team, which inked two highly-rated prospects to national letters-of-intent.

Howard Thompkins, a forward from Lithonia, and Dustin Ware, a guard from Powder Springs both signed with the Bulldogs.

Thompkins, at 6-8 and 220 pounds, is currently a senior at the Wesleyan School in Norcross. Rivals.com currently rate him as the No. 7 power forward prospect in the country.

"Howard is one of the very best power forwards in the country, and he fills one of our needs perfectly in that he can score from anywhere on the floor, including 3-point range," coach Dennis Felton said. "His ability to face up and shoot the '3' and handle the ball will add a needed dimension to our frontcourt. It will make us a more explosive team offensively."

Thompkins played his junior year at national powerhouse Oak Hill Academy in Mouth of Wilson, Va. He averaged 15.1 points and 7.3 rebounds per game, shooting 67 percent from the field, in leading the Warriors to a 40-1 record and a Top Five national ranking.

Ware, a 6-0 point guard, averaged 17.2 points and 7.3 assists last year at North Cobb Christian School, which he led to the GISA Class AAA state title last year. Ware is the 34th-best point guard prospect in the nation, according to Rivals.com.

"Dustin represents the definition of a pure point guard," Felton said. "He's quick and impossible to keep out of the paint. He is a pass-first distributor who creates scoring opportunities and makes his teammates better. Just as important, Dustin possesses outstanding leadership qualities that are critical to a team."

The early signing period ends Wednesday, Nov. 21.

No further comment on Humphrey.

Felton had no further comment on guard Billy Humphrey, who was suspended indefinitely after his arrest for felony possession of a weapon on school property.



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