When Georgia basketball coach Mark Fox and his staff began the long tedious process of identifying the high school players they wanted to pursue, it didn't take Cady Lalanne long to make an early impression.
Wednesday, the 6-foot-8, 215-pound forward from Orlando, Fla. signed a letter of intent with the Bulldogs, giving Fox one of the main players he coveted from the very beginning.
"Early in July we identified Cady as somebody we identified and we followed him all summer," Fox said following practice Wednesday afternoon. "He is someone after the initial summer evaluation period that we really wanted on our team."
With good reason: The versatile Lalanne gives the Bulldogs a player Fox believes will not only help Georgia in the low post, but also an athlete who can score on the offensive end.
Last year for Oak Ridge High School in Orlando, Lalanne averaged 17.2 points, 14 rebounds and 5.2 blocked shots per game.
"Cady is really a skilled, versatile front line player that we really like," Fox said. "We liked the fact that he can score over both shoulders in the post, he can shoot the 3, he is really a good offensive player, a great kid, is well coached and I think he will help our program."
Fox said getting a young, talented power-forward like Lalanne into the program was one of his top priorities.
The Bulldogs graduates forward/center Albert Jackson, which will leave Trey Thompkins, Chris Barnes, Jeremy Price, Drazen Zlovaric and transfer Connor Nolte as forward scheduled to return for next season.
"We felt we needed a post player," Fox said. "We don't have a lot of guys like that in our program. It was definitely an area we needed to address; we wanted somebody who was offensive."
Fox said he would not rule out the Bulldog inking another player during the NCAA's early signing period that runs through Nov. 18.
The Bulldog coach said he talked believes Lalanne will fit just in with his program just fine.
"We talked about coming to Georgia to do a lot of things, first of all to get an education, a great education, so we certainly talked a lot about that with his mother and coach," Fox said. "Obviously, a chance to play in a system which will really favor his skills and the ability to play in a system where he can use the versatile offensive package was important. But what was really pleasing to me, he enjoyed our players, and that's important."
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