Georgia on Geno’s mind

By Brandon Speck/NEMS Daily Journal

Kenny Paul Geno wanted to play in the Southeastern Conference. Georgia offered him a chance he couldn’t refuse.

The athletic Booneville senior, a 6-foot-6 small forward, verbally committed to the Bulldogs Wednesday morning and will sign his letter of intent in a ceremony this morning at the Booneville High School gym.

It will be the last of many memorable moments Geno has made for the Blue Devils in that gym, numerous highlight reel dunks, big 3s and the path of three straight trips to the Class 3A state title game – Booneville won it all in 2011.

“I just decided I’ve always dreamed of playing in the SEC. Georgia was it,” Geno said.

The Bulldogs offered Tuesday. Geno called Georgia assistant coach Philip Pearson early Wednesday to commit. He’ll get a chance to play as a freshman.

Geno met with his parents and Booneville coach Michael Smith Tuesday night to discuss his options, the other semifinalist Middle Tennessee State.

He had eight offers to choose from, Delta State, Jacksonville State, Lamar, Mercer, Middle Tennessee State, Radford and Union included.