Abukar, UF Good Match

The Florida Gators had been looking westward all year long. Mohamed Abukar seemed bound and determined to sign with a school east of the Mississippi. On Thursday, a match was made.

Mohamed Abukar selected the Florida Gators over Kentucky. The 6-9 forward turned in a super senior season by averaging over 30 points and 13 rebounds.

Abukar's talents mesh with the Gators style of play. Florida encourages its shooters to let it fly from deep and Abukar, even at his size, can shoot the basketball.

The Californian's tale has been a long one. Last year at this time he favored Georgia and Kansas. When KU was slow to decide on whether or not to offer, Abukar pulled the trigger and committed and eventually signed with the Bulldogs.

After the resignation of Jim Harrick, Abukar began a lengthy process seeking his release from the school. He made official visits to both Kentucky and Florida before selecting the Gators.

Billy Donovan and his staff have never been weary of recruiting outside of their region and seemingly made a concerted effort to recruit the west coast this year. For their efforts, they landed Ryan Appleby to go with Chris Richard out of Florida and Lee Humphrey out of Tennessee. Now, the Gators have two west coast additions from the Class of 2003.

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