The unofficial Florida hoops recruiting board

Now that the spring AAU schedule is complete and the June focus is on campus and national camps such as LeBron James, Chris Paul and the NBA Players Association Development Camp in Charlottesville, Virginia, it's time to update Florida's recruiting basketball board for both 2015 and 2016.


Kevarrius Hayes (6-9, 205, Live Oak, FL Suwannee County): AAU: Nike Team Florida. His AAU numbers aren't really great but he doesn't get the ball much. Plays great defense and has an upside that is through the roof.

KeVaughn Allen (6-2, 170, North Little Rock, AR): AAU: Team Penny. He's playing the point on the AAU circuit and that seems where he will probably play at the next level.



Ted Kapita (6-9, 225 Brazzaville, Congo/Melbourne, FL Florida Air): AAU: None. He's not playing AAU ball so he's not getting a lot of exposure, but he's a Florida priority recruit. His high school coach will control his recruiting and there is a good relationship with the Gators and also with Kansas and Texas. It is thought that it is a matter of when not if he commits to the Gators.

Jaylen Brown (6-6, 220, Marietta, GA Wheeler): AAU: Game Elite. Ranked #9 nationally by He's got an NBA ready body and superb skills that will make him a one-and-done candidate. He should make the 18-and-under national team in the FIBA Americas Tournament this summer, a team that will be coached by Billy Donovan. When he talked recruiting last weekend, the first two schools Brown mentioned were Florida and Kentucky.


Daniel Giddens (6-9, 215, Marietta, GA Wheeler): AAU: Each 1 Teach 1. Ranked #41 nationally by This could get interesting if Brown decides to be a Gator since they are high school teammates. His final six are Florida, Arizona, Ohio State, Kansas, Georgia and Indiana. He's a volume shot blocker in high school.

Thomas Bryant (6-10, 220, Rochester, NY/Huntington, WV Huntington Prep): AAU: Team Scan. Ranked #11 nationally. Florida remains one of his favorite schools along with Syracuse, Kansas, Kentucky and Ohio State but unless Billy Donovan pulls a rabbit out of the hat, it would seem likely that he's going to Syracuse.

Jarred Reuter (6-8, 235, Boston, MA/Wolfeboro, NH Brewster Academy): AAU: New England Playaz. This is a made for Florida player whose AAU program is the same one that produced Erik and Alex Murphy. He is a wide body who bangs, grabs rebounds and scores in a very physical manner. UConn, Boston College and Providence are right there but he has a Florida offer and there is a connection with Donovan.

Alex Owens (6-8, 240, Orlando, FL Oak Ridge): AAU: Each 1 Teach 1. Ranked #96 nationally by There is no question he can rebound and bang. There are questions about his work ethic and attitude. He was committed to UCF once. Louisville and FSU are probably at the top of his list now. It's hard to imagine him at Florida but he's still listing the Gators among his favorites.

Perimeter Guys

Eric Davis Jr. (6-3, 165, Saginaw, MI Arthur Hill): AAU: The Family. Ranked #32 nationally by He is planning to be at Florida's camp on June 7. He's from the same home town as former Gator Anthony Roberson and there is a strong connection with Billy Donovan. He's a combo guard who is more scorer at this point. Michigan, Michigan State and UCLA are also pushing him hard.

Antonio Blakeney (6-4, 175, Orlando, FL Oak Ridge): AAU: Each 1 Teach 1. Ranked #39 nationally by He's gone off for as many as 42 on the Nike circuit this spring and heads into camp season with a lot of folks in hot pursuit. He's a Florida priority but Louisville seems to be the leader right now with North Carolina starting to push very hard.


Brandon Ingram (6-8, 180, Kinston, NC): AAU: Stackhouse Elite. He got a Florida offer last week. He's from the same high school that produced Cedric (Cornbread) Maxwell, who got UNC-Charlotte to the Final Four in 1976 (also played for the Boston Celtics) and Jerry Stackhouse. He's skinny and will play the wing at the next level. Since Stackhouse played at North Carolina it would seem logical that he'll be a Tar Heel if Roy Williams pushes that button.

Isaiah Briscoe (6-3, 200, Union, NJ Roselle Catholic): AAU: New Jersey Playaz. Ranked #26 nationally by He is a scorer who can manufacture points either with his shot or his ability to get to the foul line. Florida is in a top five that incudes Arizona, Baylor, Syracuse and UConn but the Gators are probably last on that priority list.

Cameron Walker (6-8, 200, Santa Maria, CA Ernest Righetti): AAU: Compton Magic Elite. Ranked #87 nationally by He can play all three perimeter positions. He was surprisingly good filling in at the point in last weekend's adidas event in Tavares. He's a slasher with a decent 3-point shot. Florida is in a top eight that includes UCLA, Harvard, San Diego State, Stanford, Colorado and Arizona State.

Prince Ali (6-3, 180, Weston, FL Sagemont Upper School): AAU: Southern Stampede. Ranked #90 nationally by He decommitted UConn and will get plenty of attention in the next month including Florida. He's averaging 21.8 points per game for Southern Stampede on the Nike circuit.

Deng Adel (6-7, 190, Melbourne, Australia/Bradenton, FL Victory Rock Christian): AAU: Florida Elite. Florida is very interested but so is everybody else. Unless there is a radical change, he's going to go to Louisville.

Julius Johnson (6-3, 200, Cocoa, FL/Melbourne, FL Florida Air): AAU: None. He averaged 28 a game last year so he knows how to score. Texas and Kansas are the leaders. Florida could come into play if that's what it takes to land Kapita.

Haanif Cheatham (6-6, 185, Fort Lauderdale, FL Pembroke Pines Charter): AAU: Nike Team Florida. He will be at the Florida camp looking for an offer, but it's not likely unless he completely blows up. He has interest from Pitt, UConn, UCLA and Syracuse but Alabama, UCF and Georgia have been recruiting him the hardest.

2016 Commitment

Johnny Mooney (6-9, 235, Altamonte Springs, FL Lake Brantley): AAU: Nike Team Florida. He's playing on the 16-year-old circuit where he teams with Gracin Bakumanya (7-1, 235, Brazzaville, Congo/Gainesville, FL The Rock School) for Nike Team Florida, which is expected to make a deep run at both the Nike Peach Jam and the AAU nationals in July.


Udoka Azubuike (6-11, 255, Lagos, Nigeria/Jacksonville, FL Potters House Christian): AAU: Nike Team Florida. He isn't ranked by Yet. That will change soon. He is pure power and has the look of another Olajuwan. His high school coach controls his recruiting but Florida and Florida State are right there.

Juwan Durham (6-10, 190, Tampa, FL Tampa Prep): AAU: Team Breakdown. Ranked #23 nationally by He's skinny as a rail but seriously athletic. His ball handling and passing will remind you of a young Joakim Noah although Noah wishes he had Durham's jumper. Florida and Florida State are considered the leaders of a pack that also includes Louisville, Georgia Tech and Indiana.

Troy Baxter (6-8, 190, Tallahassee, FL/Gainesville, FL The Rock School): AAU: Nike Team Florida. Ranked #49 nationally. He has scary athletic skills and a vertical that is off the charts. Florida, Florida State and the rest of the state schools are the early leaders.

Dewan Huell (6-9, 190, Miami, FL Norland): AAU: Team Breakdown. Ranked the #10 power forward for 2016 by He is best friends with Durham and they would really like to play together but that's unlikely. He's still on the Florida board but it seems more likely that he'll wind up at Florida State, Louisville, Miami or South Carolina.


Gracin Bakumanya (7-1, 235, Brazzaville, Congo/Gainesville, FL The Rock School): AAU: Nike Team Florida. In terms of potential, he's just a notch below Azubuike. He can run the floor and is highly coordinated. If Florida lands Ted Kapita (his best bud), it will put the Gators in the driver's seat.


Malik Monk (6-4, 185, Lepanto, AR East Poinsett County): AAU: Arkansas Wings. Ranked #9 nationally by It's all about Arkansas and Florida but it will be difficult to get him out of Arkansas. He loves John Pelphrey but that probably won't be enough. He's the best scorer in the country in the 2016 class.

Lamonte Turner (6-1, 175, Harvest, AL/Jacksonville, FL Arlington Country Day): AAU: MBA. He's a super quick point who knows how to get to the rim, draw contact and finish. His best bud is 2014 Florida signee and former ACD teammate Brandone Francis. Florida is his leader. South Carolina, Auburn, Miami, Oklahoma and Wichita State are also in it. He's Florida's to lose.

Braxton Blackwell (6-7, 200, Nashville, TN Christ Presbyterian): AAU: Atlanta Celtics. Ranked #26 nationally by He's a Swiss Army Knife who can do everything well without doing anything truly great. He talks about several schools but the two he mentions most often are Florida and Indiana. He will probably be at the UF camp on June 7.

Josh Langford (6-5, 200, Madison, AL Madison County): AAU: Atlanta Celtics. Ranked #15 nationally by He was the Gatorade Player of the Year in Alabama. Alabama, Auburn, Florida and Duke are mentioned most prominently, but it's hard to imagine that he will be anywhere except Alabama or Auburn.

Eric Hester (6-4, 175, Clearwater, FL/Oldsmar, FL Oldsmar Christian): AAU: Team Breakdown. Since transitioning successfully to the point he's got a lot more big time programs chasing after him including Florida and Louisville.

Christian Carlyle (6-4, 190, Jacksonville, FL Bishop Kenny): AAU: Nike Team Florida. He's an under the radar guy for now, but that isn't going to last. This kid is a serious high riser who has extraordinary offensive skills.

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