BB RECRUITING: A Class Act Joins Class of 2005

Ronnie Williams, Dwayne Davis, Andrew Declercq, Udonis Haslem and David Lee highlight the list of great UF big men to grace the hardwood floors of Gainesville. The big boys might need to move over…way over. Past and current greats that thrived under the boards and excelled in the paint will soon be joined by the latest commit to the orange and blue in Florida big man Jimmie Sutton.

Sutton, a 6'10, 265 pound senior power forward/center, will step onto campus in 2005 as the biggest body on the team outweighing both Chris Richard (255) and David Lee (240). Much of Gator nation clamored last year that the Gators lacked a certain swagger under the boards and in the paint. Jimmie's decision was made after spending this past weekend in Gainesville.

"It was a real good visit and I chose Florida because I liked it a lot," said Sutton, who will play for North Broward Prep (Fla.) this year. "I've been there about five times already and it's definitely the place I want to be."

Sutton came off as one of the best-spoken young guys I have ever talked to. In the midst of a ‘yes-sir, no-sir' conversation he told me about his goals for his senior year.

"I think we have a chance to win a state title, but we all need to play ball together," he said. "There's a lot of good competition."

Jimmie, who averaged 10 points and 15 rebounds as a junior at American Heritage, fashioned his game in true big man fashion with all the attributes needed to impact at the four and five spot.

"I think I am really good down low in the post," Sutton said.

He led American Heritage to the Class 2-A semifinals and a 26-5 record and after receiving interest from both Florida State and Kentucky he was ready pull the trigger.

"It was just the right time for me to get it over with," he said. "That way I can focus on my senior year."

When asked about whom he compared his game to he didn't hesitate in giving an orange and blue clad response.

"No doubt it would have to be Gators, Udonis Haslem. I also think I my game compares to Tim Duncan and Ben Wallace."

Sutton joins wingmen David Huertas and Derwin Kitchen as Coach Billy Donovan's verbals for 2005 and had nothing but good things to say about Billy D.

"I think he is a very, very good guy," Sutton said. "He was great at the high school level and got to learn from Rick Pitino. Billy had a chance to leave to the NBA, but he's coming back to do what he needs to do at Florida -- make it great."

Jimmie Sutton is looking forward to getting on campus and making a splash as soon as he arrives. I asked him if he could say anything to the many Gator fans out there what would it be and his answer didn't disappoint.

"I am looking forward to bring the most exciting years the Gators have ever had," he said. "We are going to make it to the Final Four and win a NCAA title while I'm there. The three or four years that I am there are going to be great."

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