2017 guard Shai Alexander verbally committed to Florida on Friday, UPlay Canada coach Dwayne Washington told Scout.
"Mike White has been spearheading his recruitment," Washington said. "He knows what he wants in a point guard."
"This kid wants to take the next step with him over there," he added. "He's going to keep doing what he did at Louisiana Tech at the highest level in the SEC."
According to Washington, Alexander, a standout at Chattanooga (Tenn.) Hamilton Heights, also considered Vanderbilt, Butler, Dayton and a host of other schools.
"He was really aggressive and not just going through his assistants," Washington said of White. "He just showed him love and reached out and showed him how he would use him."
Alexander, a 6-foot-4 guard, split time playing for the U-Play Canada 16's and 17's team on the adidas circuit this past spring and summer. He averaged 11 points, seven assists and five rebounds a game while with the 17's. In Las Vegas in July, Alexander was named the MVP of the 17U Silver Championship.
Alexander took an unofficial visit to Florida this past Wednesday. He is Florida's first verbal commitment of the 2017 class.