Fox Gets Commit from Center

ATHENS - Mark Fox and company started practice on Friday, but got a commitment on Monday.

Coach Mark Fox picked up yet another basketball commit Monday in JUCO center John Florveus.

Fox and his staff were one of many schools to recruit the 7-footer from Hillsborough Community College in Tampa, Fla.

But Georgia took a different approach in recruiting the skilled big man, originally from Dunbar High in Fort Myers, Fla.

"I can't say enough about coach Fox and his staff," Hillsborough head coach Byron Samuels said. "It's just an honest, clean cut approach. It's not bells and whistles. It's not razzle-dazzle. It's just predicated on all the things that if my son were being recruited it's all the things that I would look for."

Florveus took his official visit this weekend to Athens, and watched as the football team trounced Vanderbilt on homecoming.

"He got back about 1 o'clock yesterday we had practice from about three to six," Samuels said. "We sat down last night for a couple hours actually after practice. I guess about 8:30 or so he said, ‘Coach this is where I want to go. This is the best place for me."

Having coached at the Division-I level for over two decades, including at Tennessee, Samuels gave his young center sound advice during the recruiting process.

"I told him to look at things long term," Samuels said. "He's only going to play for two years. If he lives in Georgia or Florida or wherever, I asked, ‘What degree is going to help you market yourself for a job when your career is over? Certainly with thousands and thousands of alumni out there from the University of Georgia, he has connected himself to that huge group of people who will help him."

Florveous felt he found what his coach was discussing about this weekend at Georgia.

"This was exactly what he said to me," Samuels said. "He said, ‘I just felt a gen concern for my overall well being, coach." Memphis, Iowa State and Utah had contacted Florveus late in the process, and trips were made to Washington State, Marshall and UTEP.

Florveus, a reported 3.2 student, will have two years of eligibility remaining and joins Kentavious Caldwell and Tim Dixon in the 2011 class.

"He's hungry. He's a hungry worker," Samuels said. "He's really driven to be successful, and he's from very humble beginnings. The spark has gone off, and he's a worker. He has good hands. He is a student. He listens and wants to get better. You mention one or two things to him and the very next moment he's out on the court working on those things. "

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