Gators May Lead for Bledsoe

The Florida basketball team's search for another guard could be nearing an end. Birmingham, Ala. backcourt star Eric Bledsoe is telling people that Florida is the front runner for his signature later this month.

Bledsoe is in Louisville, Ky. for the Derby Festival Classic tonight and was quoted in the Lexington Herald-Leader that Florida was at the top of his list. "Florida's been hard recruiting me", Bledsoe told the paper. "And I like the coaches."

Bledsoe is also interested in Kentucky and new Coach John Calipari, but indicated he feels like they only want him if they fail to land North Carolina pre-star John Wall. Anthony Grant is trying to get Alabama into the mix as well. basketball analyst Dave Telep has a high opinion of Bledsoe.

"I think Bledsoe is a natural leader whose confidence is booming. He's been on a steady incline and getting better. To me, he's ready to come in and lead a team. He's only going to get better. He's a pass first, sturdy body kid. He's a bigger kid who likes having the ball. I think he's much more combo than straight point."

Bledsoe was recently named the MVP of the Alabama/Mississippi All-Star game. He scored 12 points in the contest, dished out six assists and grabbed five rebounds.

Florida is at its scholarship limit, but needs to add a guard for depth and flexibility. Bledsoe would also serve as insurance should Nick Calathes enter the NBA draft. Should Calathes return, adding Bledsoe would necessitate one potential returning play not coming back to the team for the 2009-10 season.

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