Florida keeps elite duo together

There are eight elite prospects in the 2013 class, and now the Florida Gators have two of them.

Following up a solid 2012 class in which Billy Donovan and the Florida Gators reeled in a solid four-man class made up primarily of shooters and perimeter players, an obvious focus was put on landing interior prospects and playmakers in the 2013 class. On Wednesday morning Donovan and his staff got the great news that they filled both needs in a big way.

This year on the transfer market Florida landed former top 100 recruits Damontre Harris and Dorian Finney-Smith, that gave them two frontcourt prospects who can do a lot, and now you can add Chris Walker into the fold as a 2013 five-star commitment.

All summer long Walker and Kasey Hill have teamed up to form arguably the best inside-outside duo in AAU basketball. Hill, a fellow five-star, might be the best playmaker from the perimeter in the class, and now Walker and him will be together at least another year in Gainesville.

What makes Walker special, and what makes this commitment so impressive, is his athleticism and ability to finish around the rim combined with being an elite rebounder. Walker can easily slide in at the power forward spot between a small forward like Finney-Smith and a center like Harris and form a frontcourt full of long and elite athletes.

When putting that size and athleticism together in one front court, Florida will have so much versatility in their defense that teams could really struggle to defend them. On top of that, there is Hill who is a playmaker, and shooters such as Michael Frazier and Braxton Ogbueze already on the roster to fill the off-guard slot.

That type of roster is one that could get Donovan back to the Final Four. Not only is it full of athletes and potential professional players, but they have skill sets that mesh together, none more so than that of Hill and Walker.

What makes it work so well between the two five-stars is that Hill is someone who loves to drive to the basket and get the defense to commit to stopping him. Once that happens, he can find a guy like Walker who finishes inside in traffic as well as any player in the country.

Also Walker isn't someone who needs to get a post-touch to score. With guys like Hill, Ogbueze, and Finney-Smith all being scorers, that means a lot of perimeter and mid-range shots. Walker might be one of the top two or three offensive rebounders in the country.

That combination fits well with Florida and what they are trying to do, and with two of the premier elite eight players in the 2013 class now committed, forgive Donovan if he has a smile on his face on the last day of the recruiting period.

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