ATHENS ---- University of Georgia basketball coach Mark Fox announced on Wednesday the signing of J.J. Frazier, a point guard from Glennville, Ga., and Juwan Parker, a shooting guard from Tulsa, Okla., to national letters-of-intent to attend UGA and play next season for the Bulldogs.
Frazier is beginning his senior season at Faith Baptist Christian Academy in Ludowici, Ga. He averaged 26.2 points, 4.9 assists, 5.4 rebounds and 3.1 steals per game last season for the Crusaders, who won 33 games in 2012. The 5-9, 160-pound guard is considered the state’s top prospect at his position in the Class of 2013.
"J.J. is a quick and dynamic playmaking point guard,” Fox said. “He has the ability to create plays for himself and other people. I really like his natural instincts for the game.”
Frazier played his AAU basketball for the South Georgia Kings program from Hinesville, Ga.
Parker is currently a senior at Booker T. Washington High School in Tulsa. He averaged 20.5 points and 9.4 rebounds as a junior at Washington, which won Oklahoma 5A state championships in his freshman and sophomore seasons. The 6-4, 190-pounder is rated the nation’s No. 30 shooting guard prospect by Scout.com, No. 39 by Rivals.com. He was named the 2011 Player of the Year in his home state by the Tulsa World, as well as a two-time Tulsa World All-State pick, and also twice a “Super 5” selection by The Oklahoman newspaper.
Parker’s older brother Jason starred at Tulsa from 2000-04 and was coached there by current UGA assistant Kwanza Johnson.
“Juwan is a very complete shooting guard,” Fox said. “His ability to shoot and score will be welcomed on the wing. I feel good about the versatility he will bring to that position for us.”
The signing of Frazier and Parker solidifies a Georgia backcourt that will lose seniors Vincent Williams and Sherrard Brantley after the 2013 season. “We needed to add more backcourt players and I am excited to add these two guards to our team,” Fox said. “Both are the type of student athletes who will be successful at UGA.”
The early national signing period, which began November 14, continues through next Wednesday, Nov. 21.