Presbyterian guard Jordan Downing, left, and Georgia Tech guard/forward Jason Morris (14) battle for a loose ball during a recent game. Georgia Tech was one of several teams that announced signings on Wednesday.
ATHENS — Georgia has landed a pair of guards on the opening day of the early signing period.
The Bulldogs announced Wednesday that point guard J.J. Frazier from Glennville, Ga., and shooting guard Juwan Parker of Tulsa, Okla., will play for the team next season.
The 5-foot-9 Frazier averaged 26.2 points, 4.9 assists and 3.1 steals at Faith Baptist Christian Academy last season. He is considered one of the state’s top point guard prospects.
Parker is a 6-4 player who averaged 20.5 points and 9.4 points as a junior at Booker T. Washington High School. He is rated the nation’s No. 30 shooting guard prospect by Scout.com.
Parker’s older brother, Jason, starred at Tulsa from 2000-04 and was coached there by current Georgia assistant Kwanza Johnson.
Georgia Tech signs Solomon Poole, Quinton Stephens
ATLANTA — Georgia Tech has signed guard Solomon Poole, the younger brother of Yellow Jackets sophomore Stacey Poole Jr.
Coach Brian Gregory says Georgia Tech also signed 6-foot-8 small forward Quinton Stephens of Atlanta on Wednesday, the first day of the early signing period.
Poole, a point guard, is rated as the nation's 14th-best high school player by Rivals. He averaged 21 points per game last season at Terry Parker High School in Jacksonville. Stacey Poole Jr., a transfer from Kentucky, becomes eligible at Georgia Tech after fall semester.
Stacey Poole Sr. is a former University of Florida standout.
Stephens, from The Marist School, averaged 18.9 points and six rebounds last season at Marist. His father, Bob, played at Drexel.
Georgia prep star signs with Florida State
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Georgia prep star Jarquez Smith has signed a letter of intent to play basketball at Florida State.
The 6-9 forward from Haddock, Ga., entered the Seminoles' fold on Wednesday, the first day of the early signing period.
Smith last year averaged 12 points, 10 rebounds and 5 blocked shots per game as a junior at Jones County High School in Gray, Ga.
He selected Florida State over Georgia Tech, Georgia, Auburn, Alabama and South Carolina.
Auburn signs pair of 7-foot centers, point guard
AUBURN, Ala. — The Auburn Tigers have signed two 7-footers and a 5-foot-10 point guard to play next season.
Coach Tony Barbee’s early signees Wednesday are centers Ronald Delph of Winter Haven, Fla., and Benas Griciunas of Silute, Lithuania, and guard Tahj Shamsid-Deen.
Shamsid-Deen, of Decatur, Ga.,,is ranked as the No. 91 prospect by MaxPreps. He has helped lead Columbia High School to three-straight Class AAA state titles. He chose Auburn over UCLA, UConn, Richmond and Northwestern.
Delph is attending IMG Academy after starting three seasons at Lake Region High. He averaged 10 points and 10 rebounds last season. Delph chose Auburn over Texas A&M, Cincinnati and Miami.
Griciunas is in his third year attending Findlay Prep in Henderson, Nev. He chose Auburn over Georgia Tech, Boston College, St. Mary’s and Washington State.
Georgia Lady Dogs signs 2 sunshine state prospects
ATHENS — The No. 10 Georgia Lady Bulldogs have picked up a pair of prospects from the sunshine state on the first day of the early signing period.
Coach Andy Landers announced Wednesday that 6-foot-3 forward Samantha Glodis and 5-foot-7 guard Sydnei McCaskill have signed letters-of-intent to play for Georgia next season.
Glodis averaged 7.2 points and 12.3 rebounds as a junior at Dwyer High School in West Palm Beach, Fla. She is rated as the nation’s No. 18 post prospect by ESPN’s Hoopgurlz.
McCaskill is the No. 86 overall prospect in ESPN’s Hoopgurlz rankings after leading Dr. Phillips High School in Orlando, Fla., to consecutive state titles.