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Former Syracuse center Frank Anselem commits to UGA

In the process of rebuilding the Georgia men’s basketball roster, the Bulldogs have added valuable pieces but were still waiting for their big man down low. That wait ended Saturday with the commitment of a talented center.

Former Syracuse Center Frank Anselem committed to Georgia on Saturday, choosing the Bulldogs over other options such as Georgetown and LSU. The 6-foot-10, 215-pound Anselem entered the transfer portal on March 31 after completing his sophomore season with the Orange.

Anselem becomes Georgia’s fifth addition from the transfer portal, joining former Longwood guard Justin Hillformer Bradley guard Terry Robertsformer Alabama guard Jusaun Holt and former Oklahoma State forward Matthew-Alexander Moncrieffe.

Anselem played in 32 games with six starts for Syracuse during the 2021-22 season. He averaged 2.5 points and 3.8 rebounds with 14.2 minutes per game while shooting 62.5 percent from the field.

Anselem also brought down 123 rebounds — the fourth-most on the team — last season and logged double-digit rebounds in three games.

Anselem’s most productive game statistically came against Florida State on March 9 as part of the ACC Tournament. Anselem scored a career-high 9 points and also set new personal benchmarks for field goals made (4), field goals attempted (7), rebounds (15), assists (4) and steals (3).

With Anselem’s help, Syracuse beat Florida State 96-57 to advance to the second round of the conference tournament.

Anselem played a limited role as a freshman at Syracuse in 2020-21. He appeared in four games for a total of 26 minutes and had 6 total points and 5 rebounds. All 6 points came against Rider on Dec. 5, 2020.

A native of Lagos, Nigeria, Anselem started his prep career at Westlake High School in Atlanta before transferring to Lincoln Academy, where he played with former Georgia players Dalen Ridgnal and Cam McDowell.

Anselem capped off his high school career at Prolific Prep in Napa, California. With Anselem’s help, Prolific Prep reached the 2020 Grind Session World Championship in a matchup against Our Savior Lutheran during which Anselem had 14 points and 7 rebounds.

Anselem was ranked among the top 100 prospects in the class of 2021 before he reclassified to the class of 2020. Anselem was considered 23rd among centers in the 2020 class per 247 Sports.

Anselem joined Roberts and Moncrieffe on a visit to Georgia on the weekend of April 16. Ultimately, all three decided to join the Bulldogs for Mike White‘s first season in Athens.

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