By Michael Carvell
UGA moved quickly to fill the scholarship spot that opened up when Kentavious Caldwell-Pope declared for the NBA Draft on Monday.
Kenny Paul Geno, a 6-foot-6, 200-pound forward from Booneville, Miss., committed to UGA on Wednesday.
“Georgia had been recruiting me for a while,” Geno told the AJC. “They had two scholarships open, and had been telling me that if Kentavious was to go to the NBA, that would probably be my scholarship. That is what happened. As soon as he declared, they called me.”
UGA extended an offer on Tuesday night, and Geno took less than 24 hours to pick the Bulldogs over Middle Tennessee State, Arkansas State and Jacksonville State, among others. He also had serious interest from South Alabama, Troy and Mississippi State.
Geno will sign with UGA on Thursday at 10 a.m.
“He’s a very dynamic player – a tremendous jumper who shoots the ball very, very well,” Booneville coach Mike Smith said. “He’s the type of kid that explodes off the floor, and can dunk on anyone. He’s blue collar, and he does things the right way. He sort of ‘old school’ and plays the game the way it should be played. He’ll take a charge or do whatever to help the team.”
Geno averaged 23 points and 14 rebounds as a high school senior. He has a 3.65 GPA and plans to major in Exercise Science.
UGA signed two players in the early period. They have Geno's commitment and could go after one more recruit this year.