Four-star shooting guard DeAundrae Ballard didn't wait long following the first evaluation period to make his intentions known. The class of 2017 prospect decided to end his recruitment and selected the Florida Gators late on Monday evening.
"I just texted DeAundre and he told me he has committed," said Game Elite AAU coach Ryan Falker.
Ballard brings a combination of size, athleticism, and scoring potential to Gainesville. While his form isn't picture perfect and his outside shot could still stand to improve, but he is someone who just finds a way to get buckets and points on the board. He does it in the mid-range, he does it going to the rim, he will get offensive rebounds, and just always seems to play hard.
Also he brings a good amount of defensive versatility to the court. Ballard has the size and athleticism to defend any of the three perimeter positions, and as he continues to get stronger he could become an absolute lock down defender at the next level.
This is the second commitment in what is building to be a very good class for the Gators as Ballard joins fellow four-star Shai Gilgeous-Alexander in the commitment column.