Stone commits to the Gators

Florida added to their 2015 recruiting class on Monday. Florida native Keith Stone opted for the Gators.

Keith Stone, a 6-foot-7 wing prospect out of Deerfield Beach (Fla.) Zion Lutheran Christian, didn’t think a day like today would come.

“I didn’t think I was going to get this far in basketball,” Stone explained to

But it did and on Monday, Stone fulfilled a dream of accepting a college basketball scholarship. Stone committed to Billy Donovan and Florida.

“I love the environment and the weather and it’s close to home,” Stone said.

“The players they treated me like I was family,” he added. “They wanted me to come there. I spent all day with them and I just felt at home there.”

Stone took his official visits to Florida this past weekend. He also considered South Carolina. Zion Lutheran coach Jon Guin said Florida’s stature and style of play factored into the decision making.

“It’s a top 20 program, but lately it’s been a top five program in the nation,” Guin said. “I think he’s excited to play in a system that has produced a lot of pros. I think it’s a challenge and he’s excited to accept it and to be part of Billy D’s program. It’s a huge deal to him.”

So what is Florida getting in Stone?

“I think they are getting a high character kid that is selfless,” Guin said. “He’s a highly skilled kid. I think he’s going to be the ultimate teammate. I think when he adjusts to the speed of the game and with his skill set he’ll be able to get on the floor as a freshman and if he sticks with the process, he’s going to be someone that everyone enjoys playing with and he’s going to be good as well.”

As junior Stone averaged 28 points and six rebounds a game. Guin said his scoring package is what sticks out the most about his game.

“I think he scores the ball as good as anybody,” he said. “That’s the biggest thing. He scores especially well. He’s a great passer as well.”

“ I can play multiple positions,” Stone said. “I can handle the ball and I have good touch.”

Stone joins Florida’s 2015 recruiting class that also consists of four-star prospects Noah Dickerson and KeVaughn Allen, as well as three-star big man Kevarrius Hayes.

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