Gators add commitment from 2012 PG Ogbueze

By Adam Silverstein
March 9, 2011

Florida Gators basketball’s 2012 recruiting class doubled in size Wednesday as four-star point guard Braxton Ogbueze (Charlotte, NC) committed to head coach Billy Donovan.

Joining four-star shooting guard Michael Frazier (Tampa, FL), Ogbueze is Donovan’s second backcourt commitment for the 2012 cycle and the University of Florida’s highest-ranked point guard recruit since former five-star Nick Calathes. He is listed as the No. 7 player at his position by Scout and the No. 9 point guard in his class by Rivals.

“When I arrived on campus I was impressed with all the coaches, players and the beautiful campus,” Ogbueze told ESPN about his decision. “I want to learn my position from Coach Donovan, who has had great success with perimeter players and is a proven winner. Winning back-to-back national championships means a lot.”

Always holding the school in high acclaim, Ogbueze decided to attend Florida over offers from Oklahoma, Baylor, Tennessee, Wake Forest and South Carolina. Assistant coach Rob Lanier was heavily involved in his recruitment.

“Braxton Ogbueze approaches everything with excellence in mind,” his high school head coach Sean Wiseman told ESPN. “From the court to the classroom as well as his character, he tries to be the best at what he does. That’s what makes him special.”

The Gators already have five-star SG Brad Beal (St. Louis, MO) and three-star forward Walter Pitchford (East Lansing, MI) on board as members of their 2011 signing class. first reported Ogbueze’s decision.

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  1. SaraGator says:

    Welcome to the Gator Nation, Braxton!

  2. Gatorbuc15 says:

    This is a great pick-up by Billy! Welcome aboard Braxton!

  3. npgator says:

    Recruiting is really rolling now for our hoops team. I think the only time we actually had a challenge was when the 04’s decided to return and that threw recruiting off slightly (well worth it though).

  4. Great pick up. This kid is a natural scorer and great off the dribble. He has improved he passing over the past year and continues to get better. Definitely needed a PG as part of the 2012 class. Glad Ogbueze is the one.

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