The Gators received letters of intent from power forwards Eloy Vargas (American Heritage HS/Plantation, Fla./Dominican Republic) and Allan Chaney (New London HS/New London, CT), center Kenny Kadji (IMG Academy and Pendleton School/Bradenton, Fla./Cameroon), guard Ray Shipman (Monsignor Pace HS/Miramar, Fla.) and point guard Erving Walker (Christ The King HS/Brooklyn, NY).
"We're very excited about this year's recruiting class," said Billy Donovan. "We felt like we had to address some areas with the early departures we had last year, and were able to do that with some size in the frontcourt, while adding quality players to the backcourt and perimeter as well."
Vargas is a 6-10, 210-pound, native of the Dominican Republic who averaged 21.0 points, 14.0 rebounds and 4.0 blocks per game for American Heritage High School in Plantation, Fla., last year. Chaney, who stands 6-8, 220-pounds, averaged 25.0 points and 14.0 rebounds for New London High School during his junior year.
Kadji, already 6-10 and 240-pounds, is a native of Cameroon, but has been in Bradenton, Fla., playing at the IMG Academy and the Pendleton School and played on the AAU level for the Florida Rams, the same team that produced current Gator Marreese Speights.
Another product of the Florida Rams, Ray Shipman will join the Gator backcourt next season. The 6-3 shooting guard was the MVP for Monsignor Pace's 4A state championship team a year ago.
Walker was named to the New York Daily News All-City first team and to the New York Post All-CHSAA first team a year ago. The 5-8 point guard averaged 17.5 points, 5.3 assists and 2.0 steals per game for tradition-rich Christ The King.
Florida's class ranks No. 8 according to Scout.com.
Courtesy UF Sports Information
Five Hoop Prospects Sign with Gators
Fightin Gators Top Stories
Stricklin expected to be named Florida’s ADAs Fightin’ Gators reported on our insider message boards last Thursday, it is expected that Mississippi State Athletic Director Scott Stricklin will be named to the same position…
Fightin Gators2:19 PM
McElwain drawing from emotion in locker roomFlorida head coach Jim McElwain saw his team hurting after losing to Tennessee on Saturday. The locker room was emotional and as upset as the coach has seen in his time here at…
Fightin Gators11:35 AM
Team Can't Afford to be Relaxed in SECKNOXVILLE, Tenn.-- Florida running back Mark Thompson discusses the Gators' 38-28 loss to Tennessee and how the team plans to move forward.
Fightin Gators9:09 AM
No 17 OLB Bell Talks Five OVs, Six FinalistsATLANTIC CITY, N.J. -- Markquese Bell, the No. 17 outside linebacker prospect in the naiton, discusses his finalists.
Scout Football4:48 AM