Dillon Graham makes it official for Florida

By Adam Silverstein
August 30, 2011

Florida Gators head coach Billy Donovan is aware his team will likely lose at least two guards after this season and is continuing to bolster his 2012 recruiting class with shooters. The Gators learned Tuesday they have received their third 2012 commitment from three-star shooting guard Dillon Graham (Orlando, FL).

Graham, at 6’4” and 175 pounds, chose Florida over Central Florida, Florida State and Kansas but also had offers from Louisville, Maryland, Vanderbilt and other schools.

He took unofficial visits to UF, UCF and FSU in late August, according to Rivals, and decided that wearing orange and blue was the best move for him.

Graham averaged 15.5 points, 5.5 rebounds, 4.1 assists and 3.2 steals per game last year and saw his recruitment pick up some steam over the summer.

The Gainesville Sun’s Kevin Brockway reports that Graham is considering walking on to the team in 2012 and beginning his scholarship in 2013.

Florida also has four-star point guard Braxton Ogbueze (Charlotte, NC) and four-star shooting guard Michael Frazier (Montverde, FL) committed for 2012.

OGGOA has reached out to Graham and will update this story shortly.

11 Comments

  1. SB says:

    Won’t definitely lose 2 guards, just Walker for sure. But yea Rosario, Beal, and Boynton could all be candidates to move on early.

  2. Bonell says:

    Beal is one-and-done. If high school kids were allowed in the draft, Beal would be a lottery pick this year. He’s that good. I saw him play twice in person, and both times he outplayed Austin Rivers. Trust me — we have never had a talent like Beal in the history of UF basketball.

    Enjoy this season, however, because that’s all we’re going to get of Mr. Beal.

    I have never thought of Boynton or Rosario as candidates to leave early, because they are both combo guards who’ll have to learn to play PG to avoid a career in Europe.

    • Ken (CA) says:

      I’m not so convinced Beal will be a one and done. He is a sharp kid with a good head on his shoulders, and says the same kind of things Patric Young did about wanting to enjoy college and be a student and planning to stay 3-4 years. Donovan typically doesn’t recruit the one and done types (at least it doesn’t seem like it).

      I wouldn’t be surprised to see him be a gator for at least 2, maybe 3 years.

      I think Rosario will be more likely as the other to leave early.

      • BosGator says:

        I think, after his experience with Kwame Brown, Billy decided to focus on kids who will stay at least 2 years. I can’t remember him pursuing a player who he thought might bolt, since then.

        • David says:

          You guys are crazy. We recruit those guys, but we just dont get them. For example, we recruited Brandon Knight.

          • Ken (CA) says:

            Brandon Knight and Austin Rivers both, but they also turned away at the end. I wouldn’t be surprised to find out that the relationships changed once they knew they were going to be one and done. Rivers was committed for 2 yrs and suddenly changed his mind…maybe because in that time he rated so highly that he knew he wasn’t going to stay and no longer was a great fit for Billy D.

  3. DCgator says:

    Great pickup. If I recall, this summer was the first time he’d played AAU ball, and he blew up out of nowhere. Pitino and Self really liked him, and I bet he’ll be a consensus 4-star by the end of the season.

  4. Gio Showtime says:

    don’t like it. where the bigs at!?!?

  5. Matt says:

    Hey Adam, do we know if Marcus Maye, Pop Saunders or Jacoby Bissett will play any BB for Florida? Also where is the beef?? We once again seem to be short on Bigs!

    thanks, Matt

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