Rosario Could Be Excellent Addition

Mike Rosario's apparent commitment to transfer to the Florida Gators could help the Gators significantly over the next three seasons. Rosario will give Florida a tough, talented practice player while he sits out the 2010-11 season under NCAA transfer rules.

He then could give Florida two seasons of quality play in the backcourt where he's proven himself capable of putting up good numbers against top competition.

The 6-3 shootIng guard scored more than 1,000 points in two seasons at Rutgers and averaged 16.7 points a game for the Scarlet Knights this past season. He also grabbed 3.9 rebounds, which is a good number for a guard. He is strong at taking the ball to the basket and was a decent (33 %) 3-point shooter.

Rosario has two issues that keep him from being a great player. The first is shot selection. There are times when he simply tries to do everything himself and will launch shots that make you shake your head. His other issue involves handling the basketball. His passing is far from polished, averaging about 1.5 assist in his two seasons at Rutgers. He is also far too careless with the ball as evidenced by averaging three turnovers a game.

The year will probably be good for Rosario in addressing those shortcomings, but his presence should also help the Gators on the practice floor throughout the upcoming campaign. Florida's terribly thin backcourt situation the last two years has severely limited the competition level on the practice floor. Not any more.


Of course if I were advising Rosario I would tell him to appeal to the NCAA for immediate eligibility. He could attribute his desire to change schools to the bizarre situation at the school where the program is in the state of flux with the school trying to fire Coach Fred Hill for a profane outburst at an opposing coach during a recent Rutgers baseball game. No one knows if Hill will survive, but spring recruiting died and maybe that'll work.

It probably won't, but it's worth a try.


The addition of Rosario does nothing for the Gators in terms of game day depth for next season. Florida is still actively pursuing at least one guard for next season's team and it's likely to be either Gainesville point guard Scottie Wilbekin or Indianapolis shooter Mark Carlino who recently dropped his commitment to Indiana. Both guards are high school juniors, but well advanced academically and capable of qualifying by the end of the summer.


Florida will find out tomorrow about the plans of Will Yeguette from Florida Air Academy in Melbourne. The 6-7 forward is described by's Dave Telep as follows:

"I love the kid. He's a working mans power forward. I saw him get 50 rebounds in three camp games one day. He's undersized yes bit has huge motor and is a quick leaper inside. He's one of my favorites."

Yeguette will choose between Florida and Georgia Tech.

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