Donovan excited about Florida signees

The good news for the Florida basketball program wasn't just held to the court in its win over Wisconsin. The Gators also got big news on the recruiting trail, as five-star point guard Kasey Hill and five-star forward Chris Walker both officially signed to play basketball in Gainesville next season.

Hill ranks as the No. 2 point guard in the country. He chose Florida over offers from Kentucky, Louisville, Georgia Tech and Florida State. The 6-0, 160-pound point guard is an elite ball handler and flashes explosiveness to make plays on the court.

Florida coach Billy Donovan thinks the Montverde Academy product is a perfect fit for the program.

"Kasey Hill clearly is one of the better point guards in the country," Donovan said. "He's explosive, he's really good in transition. In our style of play with pick-and-roll and pressing, he's going to be perfect. He's a great kid. I've seen him play for a number of years now. I'm really excited about it."

Chris Walker is also an elite-level athlete and pairs that with his 6-10, 205-pound frame. He'll need to add weight and work on his offense, but his athleticism is an area that can't be taught. The Holmes County High School product plays with Hill for the Florida Rams on the AAU circuit.

Walker chose Florida over offers from Kansas, Connecticut, Baylor and Florida State.

"I've been recruiting Chris since he's been a freshman," Donovan said. "He's long, athletic and quick. His offense needs to get better. I don't think he's there offensively, but he's got a really good motor. He's competitive. He plays hard all the time. With his energy and enthusiasm, he's got a great opportunity to grow and develop."

Walker is a top-notch athlete

The rankings can only say so much, but they're a good start. Hill is ranked as the seventh-best player in the country while Walker is the ninth-best overall. Florida and Kentucky are the only two programs with two players in the top ten committed.

"All these national rankings and where they rank guys, who knows at the end of the day," Donovan said. "I feel like those two guys, from being around them the last few years, we've really spent a lot of time recruiting them and really happy that both of those guys signed today."

The class didn't end on Wednesday. There are still players that Florida is recruiting. The Gators are still after top-ranked forward Julius Randle, second-ranked small forward Jabari Parker and top-ranked center Dakari Johnson. Donovan isn't allowed to talk about high school prospects until they sign with the Gators, but he also made it clear that his program is still looking for more help.

"There are some guys we're recruiting that are going to sign late," Donovan said.


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