There's only so many hours in the day. For Mark Richt, they were filled this weekend with telling various young men welcome to the family. The annual summer camp for high profile recruits known as Dawg Night has been pretty successful for Georgia the last several years, and this past weekend may have been the most successful yet as the coaches put eyes on dozens upon dozens of elite prospects preparing for their high school football seasons. And as mentioned above, it landed two impressive athletes out of Florida, and two top 5 at their position prospects nationally in the 2016 class.
And on the subject of multiple commitments, junior tennis player Austin Smith made too many for this coming week. He was slated to compete at the BB&T Atlanta Open, which will be played all week and conclude on Sunday at Atlantic Station. But he was also scheduled to play at the USTA Futures tournament in Illinois this week.
“Austin made a little mistake and forgot to withdraw from his tournament in Illinois once he received a wildcard from BB&T, and it’s something the ATP has to be strict about,” said UGA head coach Manuel Diaz in the linked piece above.
Thankfully another Dawg will be able to fill in for him as Atlanta native Nathan Pasha will join Herschel Walker and others at College night tomorrow evening. Pasha will be taking on the world's 91st ranked player in Slovakian Lukas Lacko. Former Dawg John Isner is the top overall seed at the tournament which he won in 2013 and has made the finals two other times.
And on to women's hoops news. Andy Landers did well with a young crew last year, and while he's bringing in several talented in new faces, he only lost PG Khaalidah Miller from last year's roster. That now more experienced crew will get even more time together thanks to an early August trip to Italy for 3 games against two pro clubs and the Turkish national team.
Also, congratulations are in order for former women's basketball star Janet Harris. Harris was Georgia's first great women's hoops player, and after signing in 1981 as the nation's top prep star, helped Georgia reach 4 NCAA Tournaments, 2 Final Fours, won 2 SEC titles, and earned All-SEC honors every year she played and Kodak All-American honors after 3 of her 4 seasons. She is also now the fourth Lady Dawg to enter the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame, along with Katrina McClain, Andy Landers, and Teresa Edwards. A much deserved honor for a damn good Dawg.
"Truthfully, there's something that hasn't seemed complete about Georgia Basketball without this type of recognition for Janet," Edwards said. "That's been on my heart for several years. She carried Georgia Basketball when no one knew what Georgia Basketball was. When other players like me and 'Tree' (McClain) got there, it was Janet's house. We just added to it, trust me. I look at Janet and I think about the amazing player she was when there was this great influx of new, young talent. She was sort of like 'Doc' (Julius Irving). When all these great players came along, 'Doc' was still there. The attention went to some others, but no one could stop 'Doc.' Janet was the same way. No one could stop Janet Harris."