The Silver Lining for Thursday, November 13: Basketball signings, Tebow, Mullen on Meyer

Basketball: early signing period

College’s basketball’s early signing period began Wednesday, and the Florida Gators expect to receive National Letters of Intent from three of their four 2015 commitments – four-star power forward Noah Dickerson (Montverde, FL), three-star PF Kevarrius Hayes (Live, Oak, FL) and three-star small forward Keith Stone (Deerfield Beach, FL) – before that period is out.

Florida is not sure, however, when it will be given an NLI from its highest-rated pledge, four-star guard KeVaughn Allen (Little Rock, AR). The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette first reported Tuesday that Allen “will not sign during the early period and will hold off until the spring to sign,” despite planning to remain committed to the Gators.

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2015 F Keith Stone commits to Florida Gators

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.

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PF Noah Dickerson commits to Florida, Donovan

Updated at 5:30 p.m.

Going back to the Montverde Academy pipeline for the third time in the last four recruiting cycles, Florida Gators head coach Billy Donovan landed a big verbal commitment on Sunday when four-star power forward Noah Dickerson (Montverde, FL) announced his intention to join the program next season.

At 6-foot-8 and 245 pounds, Dickerson is rated as the No. 56 overall player in the Class of 2015 by Rivals. A one-time Georgetown commitment, he changed his mind in June and reopened his recruitment, listening to pitches from a number of schools including Florida.

In the end, Dickerson decided to play for Donovan and the Gators.

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Four-star 2015 G KeVaughn Allen commits to UF

Set to enroll an extremely talented 2014 recruiting class, Florida Gators basketball is also off to a hot start for the 2015 recruiting cycle after receiving a commitment from four-star guard KeVaughn Allen (Little Rock, Arkansas).

Allen chose Florida primarily over Arkansas though he also had heavy interest from Baylor, Memphis and Nebraska, according to CBSSports.com’s Jeff Borzello, who first reported the commitment.

At 6-foot-2 and 165 pounds, Allen needs to build strength over the next year in order to deal with the physicality of college basketball. He also needs to drastically improve his ball handling and jump shot.

However, Allen is considered a talented scorer with impressive slashing ability and athleticism who should be a positive contributor for the Gators if he remains committed. He averaged 21.3 points, 6.4 rebounds, 4.2 assists and 3.7 steals as a junior who this season led North Little Rock High School to its second of back-to-back state titles.

“He’s led us in scoring both years and he is the most complete, most coachable, most consistent kid that I’ve ever been around,” North Little Rock head coach Johnny Rice told the Orlando Sentinel‘s Chris Hays of Allen. “He’s the same every single day. He’s never had a bad day in practice, or has something bother him or anything like that. To be such an elite player, it’s unbelievable how coachable he is. He wants to be coached. He wants to get better. He’s really just a dream for any coach to be around.”

The 2014 Gatorade Player of the Year in Arkansas, Allen is ranked No. 82 overall by Rivals and 27th nationally by ESPN, which lists him as a five-star prospect.

Allen joins three-star power forward Kevarrius Hayes (Live Oak, Florida), a June 2013 commitment ranked No. 117 overall by Rivals, in UF’s growing 2015 class.

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