Stone's roll rapidly uphill

The Keith Stone recruiting mystery revolves less around his desired destination and more toward whether he'll be able to attend his preferred school.

Florida, you see, doesn't have a scholarship available, and the Sunshine State product wouldn't mind too much showcasing his talents for the marquee in-state program.

"Billy Donovan has been pushing for me the hardest," Stone said. "They're trying to get me on campus for an official (visit)."

But it's not that simple.

"I don't know if a scholarship will be open at Florida," he said. "I'm planning to wait for spring and just look for a situation where I can play."

Based on his performance at this past weekend's Nike Team Florida Workout, Stone looks like he could play for a large number of college programs.

The sturdily built wing forward plays a controlled, intelligent game that includes a capable three-point jump shot along with explosive leaping ability off one foot.

"I'm a late bloomer," Stone answered with a smile when asked why his recruitment had been relatively light until now.

But he isn't merely casting his sights upon the Gators. Other programs are giving chase, including South Carolina, Alabama and West Virginia, among others. So while he may be waiting out UF's roster situation — and let's face it, the Gators are likely to have some NBA attrition following the 2014-15 season — there are other high-majors hoping to upset the apple cart.

And given that the spring signing period doesn't open for more than six months, additional factors could emerge as Stone settles into his reputation as a clear high-major prospect and recalibrates his expectations accordingly. For now, however, the status quo appears to be in place.

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