Aggie Hoops Lands 2013 Prospect

The Texas Aggie basketball team landed its first commitment of the 2013 class when Georgia small forward Davonte Fitzgerald verbally pledged to head coach Billy Kennedy. Aggie Websider's David Sandhop talked to A&M's newest hoops commit.

The Texas Aggie basketball team struck gold for the first time in the 2013 class when Tucker (GA) small forward Davonte Fitzgerald committed to head coach Billy Kennedy and the Texas A&M staff shortly after officially visiting the campus over the weekend.

"Yes, I committed to Texas A&M," Fitzgerald said Sunday afternoon. "The facilities are incredible and I like their plan to use me like Khris Middleton coming off screens and creating scoring opportunities. Coach Kennedy and Coach Keller are great. I feel comfortable with them and how they will develop my game."

The 6-foot-7, 186-pound athlete had offers on the table from among others Auburn, Clemson, Central Florida, Ole Miss, and Georgia. Earlier in the month he took official visits to both Clemson and Florida State. But it was his experience in College Station this weekend that hit the right spot.

"I like Texas. Everybody was nice. I felt comfortable on campus with the students and fans," Fitzgerald said. "The football game was crazy. They have the best student section in the country."

Fitzgerald is a fast rising sleeper who played under the national radar for the regional AAU Georgia Tornadoes. His combination of length, ballhandling skills, and outside shooting make him one of the most versatile prospects in the 2013 class. His biggest strength is his mid-range jump shot, but he is focused on honing his dribble-drive skills this season.

"I'm confident with my shot and I can drive to the basket," Fitzgerald said. "But I want to become more aggressive going to the rim and getting to the free throw line."

Fitzgerald was hosted by sophomore Jordan Green and after playing open gym with his future teammates he's excited about the future of the Texas A&M program.

"They have some good players there. The program is about to take off and be a player in the SEC," Fitzgerald said. "They told me Coach Kennedy is great guy and a good coach. They believe in him and the staff. It's a close knit program. They made me feel comfortable and part of the family."

The Georgia native said his commitment ends the recruiting process and he does not plan to take additional visits. He will sign in the early November signing period. The Aggies will likely sign 2-3 more in the 2013 class with a priority at shooting guard and post.

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