Gators Scratch In 2012

Billy Donovan has his man. After evaluating Tampa Plant junior wing Michael Frazier last month, the Gators moved swiftly to lock him up.

Down goes Frazier, Michael Frazier that is. The junior shooting guard became Florida's first foray into the Class of 2012. Billy Donovan is on the board in 2012 and he's on the board with a guy that fits his style as a coach. Michael Frazier, a 6-foot-4 shooting guard out of Tampa (Fla.) Plant is a Top 50 talent and he picked the Gators early talking with Alabama, Arkansas, Florida State, Georgia and Miami.

"The whole thing was wide open and kept it wide open throughout the time," Florida Elite coach Conrad Foss told "He was talking with everyone but I think what happened after July is he looked at all the teams that were on him and were starting to get on him, he looked at them all and Florida rose to the top at that point."

Frazier is a sniper, a long distance shooter with size. His first taste of national attention came at the Hensley Memorial and he followed it up with a stellar effort at the Nike Hoop Jamboree. At the Jamboree, he distinguished himself as one of the top wings in his class. From there on out, the chatter kept increasing.

Last week, Frazier and his mother visited Florida unofficially and it became clear the Gators would be the pick.

Foss, who coached two players selected in the first round of the NBA Draft this season, had nothing but high praise for Frazier.

"No. 1, he's a highly skilled player and he's probably the best pure shooter we've ever had in our program. With that being said, I don't think that makes him special. What makes him special is his character. He's the kind of kid that every college in America wants in their program. He's never satisfied, he's always working. Anytime you give him something to work on he turns his attention to working on it and getting better."

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