HOOPS RECRUITING: Gators Are Hot Team Now

With the Siemens National Championship Trophy still shining bright over the University of Florida basketball program it is time to turn our attention to recruiting as the Spring/Summer season is about to get in full swing. UF already has two commitments from PG/WG Nick Calathes and WG Gary Clark. With two seniors and the possibility of the three juniors leaving early I expect that UF could sign as many as three more players with an emphasis on frontcourt players.

One thing to keep in mind as you read over these names is UF is obviously a hot program right now and the recruiting board is subject to change over night. It would not surprise me in the least if UF signed a couple of kids that are not listed below. With that said, below is a shot at some of the kids they will be following over the next few months.


One of the top targets down low for UF right now appears to be Huntington, WV power forward Forward Patrick Patterson. Coach Donnie Jones and Coach Billy Donovan will tap into their Marshall University roots as they recruit the 6-8 forward who is considered an excellent defender/shoot blocker.

Another kid with a big national repetition that UF has their eyes on is Marietta, GA power forward James Hickson. He is a rock solid 6-8, 225-pound kid from Wheeler High School who could be on the national top 30 lists of some analysts by the end of the summer.

A.J. Stewart

Chandler Parsons will be an interesting kid to watch this spring. He is a high school teammate of Calathes and has a game similar to that of Matt Bonner. At 6-8 he is considered an excellent 3-point shooter. He will need to get stronger and get better around the basket in hopes of getting an offer from UF.

Another instate player who is thought to have high interest from UF is Jacksonville Arlington Country Day's A.J. Stewart. He is a growing 6-8, 220-pound power forward who is very active around the rim. He played an outstanding season leading Country Day to the State Championship this spring.

Trevor Mbakwe stated at the Boo Williams AAU tournament that UF was in his top four. He is a big 6-8, 235-pound center/power forward from Mendota Heights, MN.

Other names of interest include: Marcel Williams (6-7, 225, Ocoee, FL), Joseph Katuka (6-10, 225, Montverde Academy, FL), Lance Kearse (6-6, 220, Ft Myers, FL), Freddy Asprilla (6-9, 240, Calusa Prep, FL), DeAndre Jordon (6-10, 225, Bellaire, TX), Isaiah Rusher (6-10, 220, Bellaire, TX), Kodi Augustus (6-8, 200, Missouri City, TX), Alex Tyus (6-7, 210, St. Louis,MO/Harmony Christian/OH), and Anthony Randolph (6-10, 220, Dallas, TX, Wilson).


Alvin Mitchell
As mentioned above, UF's emphasis will be on big kids but there is still the possibility of adding another wing/guard type. One out of state talent that camped at the UF elite camp last summer is Kernersville, NC native Eric Wallace. He is 6-7, 185, and very athletic. He stated last month that UF had really been in contact a lot.

One instate kid the UF staff has had their eye on is 6-6, 215-pound WF Alvin Mitchell from Cardinal Gibbons in Ft Lauderdale, the same school that produced Gator PG Taurean Green. Mitchell was one of the top players in Broward County last year and has a strong inside/outside game.

Two teammates to keep an eye on will be Miami Dr. Krop's Javier Gonzalez and Orane Chinn. Gonzalez is a 5-11 PG and Chinn is a 6-7 wing. UF has good connections with both as they are coached by Anthony Grant's former high school coach, Shakey Rodriquez.

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