The Florida Gators added another big name to their already-impressive 2015 recruiting class on Monday night when three-star forward Keith Stone (Deerfield Beach, FL) verbally committed to play college basketball in Gainesville.
Ranked No. 127 overall by Rivals, Stone (6-foot-7, 215 pounds) took his first official visit to Florida over the weekend.
A long-time Gators lean, seeing the program in person and getting the go-ahead from the staff was all it took for him to commit to head coach Billy Donovan. Stone announced his commitment Monday via his Twitter account.
Allen (No. 62), Dickerson (No. 63) and Hayes (No. 138) are all nationally-rated, giving Florida one of the deepest and most talented future signing classes in the country.
The only thing left now for the Gators is to make sure they have enough scholarships for the 2015-16 season. If all four players sign with Florida, the program – with only one graduating player – will be three scholarships over the NCAA limit of 13 next season.
UF is managing its scholarships knowing that the only player 100 percent certain to depart next season is fifth-year senior center Jon Horford. Sophomore PF Chris Walker has already said he will leave at season’s end and declare for the 2015 NBA Draft, but the Gators would still need two additional scholarships to sign their entire class. Injuries, opportunity, playing time and qualifying could lead to attrition.
In addition to Stone, Allen, Dickerson and Hayes, four-star 2013 C John Egbunu (transfer from USF) and four-star 2014 G Brandone Francis (non-academic qualifier) are expected to be eligible for Florida for the first time in 2015-16