2010 basketball recruiting far from over for Gators

By Adam Silverstein
April 19, 2010

Florida Gators basketball fans are not the only ones who recognize the team needs an influx of young talent next season. Head coach Billy Donovan is also well aware of this and is working around the clock to recruit more student-athletes before the 2010 class’ late signing period concludes on May 19.

Over the weekend, Donovan locked up former four-star recruit and Rutgers transfer guard Mike Rosario (Jersey City, NJ). Though Rosario will not be able to compete until he is a redshirt junior in 2011-12, he fills a third spot in the team’s 2010 class alongside four-star forwards Patric Young (Jacksonville, FL) and Casey Prather (Jackson, TN).

Below are players who the Gators remain publicly hot after for this signing period:

» Three-star PF Will Yeguete (Melbourne, FL) – 6’7”, 210 lbs.
– Averaging 17.5 points and 15 rebounds
– Same high school – Florida Air Academy – as Walter Hodge
– Will choose between Florida, Georgia Tech and Indiana
– Leaning towards the Gators, will make announcement Monday

» Three-star PG Chris Denson (Midland, GA) – 6’2”, 180 lbs.
– Will choose between Florida, Western Kentucky, Buffalo and UNC-Greensboro
– Took an official visit to Gainesville, FL, this past weekend

» Three-star PF Cody Larson (Sioux Falls, SD) – 6’9”, 225 lbs.
– Averaging 20 points, eight rebounds and four assists
– Previously committed to Iowa
– Visiting Gainesville on Monday

The lowdown on five more high school basketball recruits…after the jump!

» Three-star PG Brandon Young (Baltimore, MD) – 6’3”, 170 lbs.
– Currently committed to DePaul, meeting with new coach Oliver Purnell to decide whether or not to get out of his Letter of Intent
– Rumored to have a high level of interest in the Gators

» Three-star 2011 PG Matt Carlino (Bloomington, IN) – 6’2”, 175 lbs.
– Averaging 13.8 points, 4.8 rebounds and 4.3 assists
– Has the ability to finish high school early and enroll with 2010 class
– Previously committed to Indiana
– Also planning to speak with UCLA, Butler and California
– Being recruited by assistant coach Richard Pitino
– Took an unofficial visit to Gainesville this past weekend
– Donovan plans to follow-up with an in-home visit this week

» Three-star 2011 PG Scottie Wilbekin (Gainesville, FL) – 6’2″, 170 lbs.
– Averaging 13 points and six assists
– Has the ability to finish high school early and enroll with 2010 class
– Looking to decide sooner than later

» Three-star PF Marcus Thornton (Atlanta, GA) – 6’7”, 215 lbs.
– Averaging 14 points, seven rebounds and 4.5 blocks
– Previously committed to Clemson

» Five-star PF C.J. Leslie (Raleigh, NC) – 6’7”, 205 lbs.
– Was supposed to visit this past weekend but canceled
– Florida has a lot of ground to make up if they want consideration

7 Comments

  1. rgator says:

    What time does Will Yeguete announce?

  2. g8ter27 says:

    WTF? These guys all seem to be above average players but I guess I am a bit miffed on a Midland Georgia player deciding between Western Kentucky, Buffalo, UNC Greensboro and the Gators…….are we sure this guy is any good or is Billy just seeing something that no other decent team out there is?

  3. Malikg says:

    Pretty sure that Chris Denson is a backup plan, honestly (no offense to the kid). I’m thinking that they’re more interested even in Scottie Wilbekin, who’s from Gainesville.

    I think they’re very interested in Brandon Young, if they can get him to take a visit, and Matt Carlino, who will also visit UCLA, apparently.

  4. FloridaMITCHELL says:

    I agree with G8ter27, all these guys seem like very average players….definitely nothing to get excited over. I think Billy might know something we don’t….

  5. Michelle says:

    WTF? These guys all seem to be above average players but I guess I am a bit miffed on a Midland Georgia player deciding between Western Kentucky, Buffalo, UNC Greensboro and the Gators…….are we sure this guy is any good or is Billy just seeing something that no other decent team out there is?

  6. FloridaMITCHELL says:

    Scottie Wilbekin is 6’0” and 150 lbs….I can’t say I’m excited that he committed

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