Huge Basketball Weekend Visitors List

With the LSU Tiger football team in town this weekend comes a festive atmosphere around Gainesville and the Florida Men's basketball team is ready to take advantage of it. In town this week is maybe the best visit list you will find in basketball circles this fall. This weekend can go a long way in securing Florida's spot atop the hierarchy of college basketball.

Four official visitors from the class of 2011 highlight the weekend for Florida basketball with a huge piece of the puzzle in Brad Beal. The 6-4, 180 pound guard from St. Louis is already committed to the Gators and has been a huge ambassador for Florida since the beginning of his commitment. Rumors have swirled about Beal's commitment to Florida and just how firm it is, but the popular and very unselfish super star has never wavered on that commitment. The 5-star and number two shooting guard in the country according to Scout.com will be on campus and trying to recruit others to play by his side for the future.

Scout.com Recruiting Analyst Evan Daniels had this to say about Beal from a tournament he watched in South Carolina in July, "Early on in the playoff match up with the Oakland Soldiers, Beal had it working. He hit three of his first four three-pointers and played a big role in the Eagles first round win. Beal has the entire package. He's a very good shooter from long range and has a great form on his jumper. His mid-range is impressive and he's a quality overall athlete. One college coach even coined him the next Ray Allen."

If you want a highlight reel type player, Memphis five-star small forward Adonis Thomas (6-6, 190) can dazzle with the best of them. The nation's number two small forward is a huge recruit and on everyone's wish list. Somewhat of a long shot for the Gators, Florida fans have to like Thomas being in this weekend's atmosphere and along side his friend Beal as he takes his visit. Thomas has already visited Tennessee, UCLA, and Arkansas. He will finish with his official visits next weekend by staying home and visiting Memphis.

Evan Daniels watched Thomas in a Las Vegas tournament in July. "In an afternoon win, Thomas, a 6-foot-6 small forward, showed off just how explosive he is," Daniels wrote. "At every opportunity, Thomas was throwing down dunks and he attacked the rim with aggression. His handle is much improved, his jump shot is becoming more consistent and it's easy to love how physical he plays. He's an elite wing prospect in the 2011 class."

The Gators will lose three front court players with the graduations of seniors Chandler Parsons, Alex Tyus, and Vernon Macklin. This weekend they will host two of the premier big men in all of high school basketball hoping to lure at least one of them.

Amir Williams (6-9, 210) of Detroit is the name we have heard the most about. Scout.com's No. 2 ranked center is long and lean, a ferocious rebounder and a shot blocker. Daniels had this to say of Williams back in July, "His length is a major factor on the defensive end and when he turns it on and plays an aggressive brand of ball, he's one of the best post prospects in the country."

They will all be joined by Nick Jacobs (6-8, 240) a big man that can play power forward or center and a high four-star prospect with Scout.com. Scout watched him in May and had this to say, "With a motor that runs high...the young lefty with broad shoulders was a load to deal with inside, plus he's a post player, knows it, and plays to his strengths."

The Gators are also recruiting the class of 2012 and one of the stars coming in from the Peach State is center Tony Parker (6-8, 230) of Atlanta. Parker will visit unofficially this weekend. Daniels had this to say about Parker from a tournament in Orlando in late July. "...active and aggressive on both ends and fought for rebounds. Offensively he has a go-to jump hook and showed great touch around the basket."

It is a huge weekend for the Florida basketball team and its future.
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