Gators Add More Firepower

It hasn't been that long since the Florida Gators had trouble making three point shots on a regular basis. Those worries seemed to be cured a great deal with the additions of Brad Beal and Mike Rosario to the squad this season. Now, Billy Donovan has made it a point to not have those shooting woes with the addition of three more sharp shooters in the class of 2012.

For Braxton Ogbueze, Michael Frazier, and Dillon Graham they couldn't have arrived at Florida at a better time. The Gators are looking to go more and more up tempo and will rely on deft shooting from the outside and all three guys bring that to the table in a big way.

FOX Sports and basketball analyst Evan Daniels likes Ogbueze's game and the nation's number four point guard may have a little Anthony Roberson I him.

"A good athlete with the ability to beat his man off the dribble," Daniels writes in Ogbueze's bio on Scout. "He is a leader on the floor and knows how to create for himself. Right now he is more of a combo than a true point guard… a unique talent at the position. One area he's spent a good amount of time on is his jump shot. He's turned it into a legit weapon and has a fairly quick trigger when hunting his jump shots."

Ogbueze is excited to get to Gainesville next summer.

"I faxed in my letter of intent," the 6-0, 170 pound said. "It feels good. I am just looking forward to getting down to Gainesville and start working. I have been keeping up with (the team) and calling the coaches and talking to them."

Assistant coach Norm Roberts has stayed all over Ogbueze since his recruitment and the two talk a lot.

"I talked to Coach Roberts after I signed and we had a good conversation," Ogbueze said. "He said he was excited and very happy that we got it done."

"I just look forward to getting better. I feel that the University of Florida is a place where I can get better as much as possible. I'm just a hard working point guard. I think I have great leadership and will do whatever it takes to win. "

Scout's Daniels also likes the game that Dillon Graham (6-5, 175) brings to the table. "Known for his ability to rip the nets from long range, Graham is one of the top shooters in the class of 2012," Daniels said.

Dillon Graham
Graham thinks he is an absolute perfect fit for the Donovan up and down tempo. The lifelong Gator is very excited to get the signing done and wants to get to Gainesville.

"I love the way they are playing, it is my style of play," he said. "That is how my AAU team plays, we push the ball and are fast and up tempo team, just like Florida.

"I just can't wait to play in my first college game. I really want to win a conference championship my first year. A national championship would be crazier."

His deciding factor on Florida… "They recruit players that they believe will get them to championships."

As for Michael Frazier, he was an early commitment for Florida more than a year ago. Daniels knows that Frazier is one of the elite shooters in the game.

"Frazier has built his reputation on his ability to shoot the ball," Daniels wrote. "His range extends past the three-point stripe, he has a quick release on his shot and he's especially effective in catch and shoot situations. With his size, athleticism and ability to shoot the basketball he's a high major player."

Frazier (6-4, 180), is also anxious to get to Florida and join his teammates.

Michael Frazier
"It feels great to have that weight lifted off of my shoulders," he said. "I can't wait to get there. I just can't wait to play at a higher level get into it with Coach Donovan.

"I played against Dillon on the AAU circuit, he's a good shooter, is athletic, knows how to play the game, and from what I've heard he's a great teammate.

"I never played against Braxton, but we were roommates at the NBA camp. I got to see him play with a little bit and got to work out with him. He has great point guard skills, so I can't wait to see what it's like playing with him."

Frazier also moved to Montverde Academy this summer and will now play on a team that has great talent and the best high school coaching available, just more to look forward to.

"The goal is to win the national championship," he said. "That is what my team is set on and what we are working for. That is our big goal."

The goal now for Florida is to sign a couple of front court players in the late signing period. The early period came and went and Memphis five-star power forward Jarnell Stokes (6-8, 230) decided he was going to wait. Florida remains one of the teams he is looking at. Las Vegas five-star power forward Anthony Bennett also remains high on the Gators' board and has yet to even officially visit anyone.

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