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Asa Newell chooses Georgia: Nation's top power forward commits to Bulldogs over Gonzaga, Alabama, Texas

Montverde Academy (Florida) 5-star is nation's No. 8 overall prospect

The nation's top-rated power forward in the class of 2024 is off the board. 

Montverde Academy (Florida) forward Asa Newell announced his commitment to Georgia on Wednesday, picking the Bulldogs over a final four of Gonzaga, Texas and Alabama

The addition of Newell to UGA's 2024 class is seismic for head coach Mike White — his top-rated prospect to commit since taking over in 2022.

The 6-foot-9, 205-pound left-handed power forward is a consensus 5-star and On3 gives his highest rating: No. 1 power forward and No. 8 overall prospect in the nation and No. 2 overall prospect in Florida.

He's a native of Athens, Georgia, and Georgia was the leader according to On3 and 247 Sports to land Newell.

Newell a standout returning to the top-ranked team in the country in the preseason. Montverde Academy is the No. 1 team in the preseason SBLive/Sports Illustrated Power 25 national boys basketball rankings.

-- Andy Buhler | | @sblivesports