Gators Officially Announce Signees

The Gators officially announced their 2012 recruiting class on Monday. The fall signing period saw Florida sign three guards. Point guard Braxton Ogbueze and shooting guard Michael Frazier are both four-star players, while shooting guard Dillon Graham is a three-star.

"We feel like we addressed some needs, but obviously there are a lot of kids that we're still recruiting that haven't signed yet but we're still involved with," Billy Donovan said. "I'm happy with the guys that have signed. They'll be very good players for us.

"I'm excited about the guys that we have signed."

Braxton Ogbueze is the highest rated player of the three. rates him as the fourth best point guard in the country, with offers from Kansas, Tennessee, Texas and others. The 6-0, 160-pound point guard gives the Gators an extra point guard after losing one at the conclusion of this season.

He can shoot the three-point shot well and plays strong defense. He doesn't have a dominant physical presence, but Ogbueze makes up for it with his strength.

"With losing Erving as a senior, Braxton (spell check) is as good as any point guard out there," Donovan said. "We felt like we really got a good player with him."

Michael Frazier is another guard that can stretch the defense. He is bigger than Ogbueze at 6-4, 185 pounds. ranks Frazier as the No. 16 point guard in the country. Frazier isn't a ball handler, but he excels coming off screens as a catch and shoot player.

"Frazier is a phenomenal three-point shooter and a guy that we've kept an eye on for a really long time," Donovan said.

Dillon Graham is an under the radar player in the class. The 6-4, 175 pound guard is a three-star on His ability to shoot the three and score is what attracted the Gators to him.

"Dillon Graham is another really talented perimeter player with range to shoot it and can put it on the floor," Donovan said.

This shouldn't be the end of the recruiting class for Florida. Players can still sign in the spring, and the Gators would like to add a player or two in the frontcourt. Erving Walker is the only player that will graduate after this season, but the danger of potentially losing Patric Young early has the Gators trying to bring in some big men.

Donovan admitted that whiffing on some frontcourt players in this class has been frustrating. With all the success he has experienced while developing frontcourt players like Joakim Noah, Al Horford and David Lee, there's a track record that he is trying to sell recruits on.

"Sometimes guys that go through the recruiting process look at what's best for them," Donovan said. "Clearly, we've had a lot of success with frontcourt players and a lot of them are in the NBA doing very well. There are a lot of great programs and coaches out there, but the frontcourt players we've had, we have a lot of them playing in the NBA.

"That's a selling point and a positive, but at the end of the day, these kids are taking their five visits and seeing things a lot more than just there being NBA guys from Florida. I just try to trust and respect if a decision has been made for them. Unfortunately in this business, you get told ‘no' a lot more than you get told ‘yes.'"

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