Nov. 14, 2012
ATHENS, Ga. --- Florida prospects Samantha Glodis and Sydnei McCaskill have inked letters-of-intent to play basketball for the Georgia Lady Bulldogs head coach Andy Landers announced on Wednesday, the first day of the NCAA's early signing period.
Glodis, a 6-3, forward from Dwyer High School in West Palm Beach, Fla., is rated as the nation's No. 18 post prospect by ESPN's Hoopgurlz. As a sophomore, Glodis averaged 7.2 points and 12.3 rebounds and helped Dwyer's Panthers to a 22-7 record. As a junior, she averaged a double-double of 10.2 points and 10.4 rebounds as Dwyer finished 23-5.
"Samantha has outstanding potential as a power player," Landers said. "She has a prototypical body for the position, runs well and has the ability to score from both inside and out. She is someone who I think has a bright future at Georgia."
McCaskill, a 5-7, guard from Dr. Phillips High School in Orlando, Fla., is rated as the nation's No. 86 overall prospect by ESPN's Hoopgurlz. She has led Dr. Phillips to consecutive Florida state tiles. The Panthers captured the 6A title with a 30-2 record during McCaskill's sophomore year and won the 8A crown in 2011 while finishing 29-3. McCaskill was named all-state by the Florida Association of Basketball Coaches as both a sophomore and a junior.
"Syd is a crafty point guard with excellent transitions skills and instincts," Landers said. "She's no stranger to success as Dr. Phillips is one of the most outstanding high school basketball programs in Florida. Syd has been a big part of their recent success and we're excited she's coming to Georgia."
"Sydnei McCaskill is one of those natural born floor generals," said Dr. Phillips coach Anthony Jones. "I remember the first time I saw her play when she was an eighth grader. She was on an eighth grade team playing up in a high school league. We ended up losing to a team of eighth graders. I asked someone 'Who is that girl?' They told me she was Sydnei McCaskill and she was zoned for Dr. Phillips. From that point on, I knew I was going to throw her the ball and make her the captain of our ship. Syd has been our captain all four years. She's a very confident player who's not afraid and not shy when she steps on the court. When she's off the court, it's about that pretty smile and being a funny kid. Her nickname is 'Syd the Kid' but on the floor she's 'Syd the Killer Kid.' She's very competitive and has a knack for winning. She's won at every level. Georgia is getting a special athlete. I'm a Florida boy and a UF alum. I guess this is the one time in my life I'll be rooting for UGA…watching Syd play for them."
Georgia's Lady Bulldogs have long been among the nation's premier programs. Georgia ranks No. 2 nationally in both NCAA Tournament bids (29) and weeks ranked in the Associated Press poll (481). The Lady Bulldogs also have been to 19 "Sweet 16s," 10 "Elite Eights," five Final Fours and finished as NCAA runners-up in both 1985 and 1996.
Landers is in his 34th season at UGA and is close to becoming just the eighth basketball coach in NCAA history to capture 800 wins at a single DIvision I school. He entered tonight's game with Presbyterian with 796 wins and is set to join men's coaches Jim Boehim, Dean Smith, Adolph Rupp, Mike Krzyzewski and Jim Phelan and women's coaches Pat Summitt and Geno Auriemma in reaching that milestone.