Telep: Gators Will Like Newcomers

With basketball recruiting having a remarkable weekend, I thought it would be a good time to check in with Dave Telep for an assessment of how the Gators did. Telep is the National Recruiting Coordinator for Scout.com, and joined me on my Monday afternoon radio show on AM-850, WRUF.

Florida received a verbal commitment from Florida Air power forward Will Yeguette as well as a transfer commitment from Rutgers scoring guard Mike Rosario. The Gators have also been mentioned with a number of guards for the upcoming season including Chris Denson from Georgia, Jalen Steele from Knoxville, Scottie Wilbekin from Gainesville, Mike Carolina from Indiana and Washington DC product Brandon Young.

I talked with Dave about the two newest members of the Gator basketball team as well as the additional player most likely to join the team and give them back court depth for the 2010-11 season.

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On his scouting report on Will Yeguette:

"Will is one of those guys who, when he looks in the mirror understands who he is. He is an energy giver, and he's a guy whose calling card is rebounding. Back in October I went to a camp in Florida and I charted Will in three games and he hit 50 rebounds right on the nose in those three games, which I think was an unbelievable sign. He was out to earn himself a scholarship and that's exactly what he did."

How Yeguette has done since that camp:

"It carried over into the season where he just kept getting better. He understands his role. He's a quick leaper. At 6-7 he doesn't have ideal power forward size for the SEC so he's figured out his niche. He's just a guy who gets on the glass and gives great energy."

On the importance of "role players" like this:

"Good basketball teams have guys like Will Yeguette. He'll make practices very competitive. He'll earn his time on the floor. He's a very high character kid, and he's a Billy Donovan kind of kid. There's a reason why Tom Crean wanted him at Indiana. There's a reason why Georgia Tech wanted to plug him into their rebounding gaps with the guys they've lost with a guy like this. He's a neat kid."

On Mike Rosario transferring to Florida:

"Mike Rosario and I were trading airports (Sunday) so we got a chance to sit down together and have some dinner. I'll tell you this guy is excited to be a Gator. Mike generally feels like he has a second lease on his career. He's excited about the program at Florida, and I think he's a guy you count on to get buckets in a rotation that's going to include Erving Walker, Kenny Boynton and eventually Brad Beal. That's a pretty solid crew of four guys to roll with right there."

On finding a guard to help next season:

"I think how it's going to play out is going to be interesting. I like Wilbekin for the Gators. Wanting to wear the uniform is important. Scottie has made steady improvements through his high school career. You're going to need a guy who can come in and know his role. Like Yeguette, Scottie Wilbekin a player who can grow in the program. He's a good player. He will be a coachable, work horse of a guy. I think he's a kid that when you hand him the basketball and tell him to go play 10 or 12 minutes a game you can trust him to run your team."

On how Wilbekin impressed at a recent all-star event:

"College coaches are going to love him. He does everything to enact winning and showed that he's improved since last season. He's got quick hands, a high GPA and he's a competitor. Gelaun Wheelright's a good player and Wilbekin went right at him. Heading into spring, we would have pegged him to be a standout mid-level player, but now he's a guy that will draw attention across the board and the big (schools) will need to see him."


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