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Blog: Georgia hoops lands a pair of frontcourt commitments

Georgia‚Äôs recruiting haul went from none to two quickly on Saturday when a pair of players gave verbal commitments to men’s basketball coach Mark Fox that fill needs in the frontcourt and fill up spots available in the Bulldogs‚Äô class.

Fox got pledges from power forward Yante Maten and center Fred Iduwe just days after he received a two-year contract extension.

Maten, a 6-foot-8, 230-pounder from Bloomfield Hills (Mich.) High School gave his commitment Saturday to Fox and assistant Jonas Hayes, Bloomfield Hills coach Duane Graves said.

“I am officially a bulldog!,” Maten tweeted.

The 6-foot-11, 225-pound Iduwe played for St. Johns’ Northwestern Military Academy in Delafield, Wis., outside Milwaukee.
Georgia had a need in the post, where it lost senior Donte’ Williams and reserve center John Cannon, who is transferring.

Maten is a three-star rated prospect by Scout.com. TCU coach Trent Johnson, Fox’s good friend, helped connect Georgia with Maten, according to Graves.

“They’re getting a stretch four, a guy that can play inside and outside,” Graves said. “He’s an ultimate team player, a hard worker and classy individual.”

The four-year varsity starter was named the Gatorade Michigan Player of the Year and had offers from Indiana and Michigan State.

“He made the right decision for the best fit for him and his family,” Graves said.

Maten averaged 19.5 points, 15.2 rebounds, 6.9 blocks and 4.8 assists this past season and shot 66 percent from the floor this season playing for the suburban Detroit school.

Iduwe, who is from Nigeria, called Fox Saturday evening.

“He can add significantly more weight to his frame,” said Bryan Clayton, his prep school coach. “He has an unbelievable motor. He’s a rim protector. He’s very raw and right now he’s physical enough to help them defensively. He’s really going to develop. He hasn’t been playing basketball very long.”

Iduwe’s other offers came from North Dakota and Wisconsin-Green Bay. He drew interest in the past week from Georgia Tech, New Mexico, Dayton and St. John’s.

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