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Anyaorah commits to UGA hoops

Ebuka Anyaorah will remain a Bulldog.

The North Gwinnett senior will keep the same team mascot in college after he committed to the University of Georgia basketball team last Thursday.

Anyaorah, a 6-foot-4 guard, will sign a letter of intent at 2:30 p.m. today in North Gwinnett's commons area.

"I have a really good relationship with the coaches at Georgia and I like what they have to offer," Anyaorah said.

After going 13-16 during the regular season and 4-12 in SEC play, Georgia had an improbable run to the SEC tournament title and earned a berth in the NCAA tournament.

Anyaorah said the Bulldogs' run played a part in his decision.

"That was good ... yeah, it did have something to do with it," Anyaorah said.

Anyaorah chose Georgia over several other ACC and Big 12 schools, including Wake Forest, Georgia Tech, Colorado, Texas A&M and Oklahoma.

It's been an interesting recruiting process for Anyaorah, whose brother Eloka will play football at Portland State next season.

Before the season, Anyaorah was mostly getting attention from mid-major Division I and Division II schools. Then the senior had one of the best season's in North history.

The school's all-time leading scorer averaged 26.3 points, 8.3 rebounds and 1.9 assists per game while leading North Gwinnett to a 14-12 record.

"It was crazy, especially after I blew up. It didn't make it any easier," Anyaorah said. "I had to back off a while and do my homework. The right fit is the right fit."

Anyaorah originally committed to Colorado on March 19 after a visit to the school in Boulder, Colo., but later backed out of the verbal agreement.

"(His parents) wanted him to think the process out a little more," North boys basketball coach Len Garner told the Daily Post on March 27. "He felt he made a rushed decision so he de-committed within 24 hours (of his original commitment)."

A first-team all-county selection by the Daily Post, Anyaorah was second in the county in scoring behind Wesleyan's Howard Thompkins, who is also headed to Georgia. Thompkins signed in November during the early basketball signing period.

"I'm really good friends with Howard," Anyaorah said. "I now he's a good baller and that's all he's talked about is me going there. It's going to be fun playing with him."