Florida kicks off the season Saturday night in The Swamp as the gridiron Gators play host to Florida Atlantic. The crowd will be loud and excited and just the type of atmosphere you would want to show prospective athletes. That goes for all sports at Florida and Billy Donovan looks to be taking advantage. The head basketball coach at Florida will be hosting some huge talent this weekend.
While Will Muschamp and his boys will be trying to impress the world Saturday night, Billy Donovan and the basketball staff at Florida
will have their hands full with a trio of super star 2013 prospects.
By the time the 2013 season rolls around, the Gators will be three guards and a big many shy of their current roster due to graduation. With that in mind five-star point guard Kasey Hill is a huge target for Florida. The 6-0, 165 pound Montverde Academy (FL) guard is the number two ranked player at his position in the nation according to the Scout.com rankings and a guy that absolutely thrives on getting his teammates involved in the game.
Hill is a smooth and cool operator on the court, and he never gets rattled as expressed in his Scout.com bio.
"He is a pure point guard, but Hill also has the ability to score when needed," the bio reads. "A smart player, he does a good job of getting into the lane and finishing or finding open teammates. Also, he plays with a great pace and never gets rushed."
Joining Hill in Gainesville Saturday is 6-10, 205 pound five-star forward Chris Walker of Bonifay (FL). Walker is blessed with exceptional athleticism for his size and is currently ranked third among power forwards in the 2013 class. He's a guy that can do a lot of things and play a lot of places on the court and already is one of the most highly recruited prospects in the nation in any class. His Scout.com bio tells you exactly why.
"His rise to the top of the 2013 rankings has been quick and swift," the bio reads. "Walker has grown to 6-foot-10 and didn't lose a bit of his mobility. Walker runs the floor quite well, is a terrific athlete and an impressive rebounder. Defensively he's tough to score on, as he uses his length, timing and athleticism to block shots."
Peach State star Brannen Greene of Forsythe (GA) is also headed in to Gainesville. The 6-5, 185 pound wing is versatile in his own right. A five-star small forward according to Scout, his profile says it best about his athleticism.
"Greene is a big time scorer on the wing," his profile reads. "He can absolutely stroke it from behind the three point line, and has shown an ability to score off the bounce as well. A good athlete, he can create some space for himself, especially against smaller defenders."
Florida is coming off an Elite Eight appearance and Billy Donovan has the program headed back to its place among the very top of college basketball. With a few pieces moving forward, that level of ball will be easy to attain.