Basketball in Florida is set to host five of its 2024 odds on its campus this weekend as casual visitors, a source told Swamp247 Thursday afternoon. 247 Travis Branham, an analyst who specializes in recruiting basketball into the national sport, confirmed the Florida visitor list.
Gainesville, Florida forward in the School of Rock RG JonesThe five-star 247Sports Composite is ranked #23 overall, #3 among the 2024 Strength Strikers and #5 among the in-state prospects, topping the Gators’ visitor list, which also includes the fourth Montverde (Florida) Academy – Star Force Forward Asa NewellThe school of rock is out of order, forward Sammy Yanaithe unranked bouncer in a school of rock Camryn Wright And Orlando (Florida) unranked Christian Prep guard Isaiah Brown.
Jones, who stands 6 feet 8 and 200 pounds, is said to have attracted nine scholarship offers, a list that includes Florida, Illinois and LSU, among others. Jones announced that he received an offer of scholarships from the new coaching staff at the Gators on May 11.
Newell, who is 6-foot-9, 205 pounds and plays for one of Florida’s premier prep schools, is said to have sent in shows from 10 programs across the country, including four SEC programs: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida and Ole Miss.
While still not ranked in the 247Sports Composite and 247Sports Independent rankings, Yeanay unofficially visited Florida on June 28, which he described as a “fantastic experience.” Where he had opportunities to speak with the assistant technical director in Florida Karleen Hartmann And the coach Todd Goldenamong others, as well as receiving a comprehensive tour of the university, which included a stop at a basketball training facility in Florida in the early afternoon shortly after the team finished summer practice.
Yanai said his day was highlighted by the time he spent with the Florida players, one of whom is a striker Alex FudgeHe was quick to give compliments. The Gators offered Yeanay a scholarship on July 14. Alabama, Houston, Jacksonville, and North Florida have also been reported to have extended their bids to the 6-foot-7, 230-pound forward.
“I really liked the players,” Yanai said. “They showed me a lot of love and talked to me and gave me advice. It means a lot and that’s what I love about Florida. Alex and I talked and he was saying how he likes Gainesville and then he told me I looked like a good player. He’s from LSU and he knows a lot so it’s really good to say That’s about me.”
Wright and Brown have not reported offers from Gators but have received no shortage of interest on the recruiting front. Wright, the 6-foot-4, 180-pound shooting guard, is said to have sent in offers from 12 programs, the same number as Brown, a 6-foot-3, 170-pound prospect playing in the same position.
The Gators’ list of casual visitors for the weekend of September 2 is the latest example of their commitment to mining talent within the state, something Golden spoke about during his inaugural press conference in March.
The 36-year-old said he had an opportunity to market the university’s facilities and resources, which were limited or non-existent during his time in San Francisco.
“We didn’t have good facilities, we didn’t have a dedicated strength coach, we didn’t have an academic advisor,” Golden said. “We faced all these challenges that we were still able to overcome and build a team of the top 22 in the country last year.”
Although only a few months have passed since their tenure in Florida, Golden and his staff have already made significant strides toward their goal of improving in-state employment at the university compared to the past several years. Ranked No. 11 in Florida in the 247Sports Independent Ranking, Florida Freshman guard Riley Coogle Became the first top 15 potential customer from the country to commit to Gators since then Tree Man (No. 3) and Omar Payne (No. 9) in 2019, which also marks the last time the Gators got a commitment from an in-state high school student other than possibly 2022 Denzel AberdeenThree star guard.
And during the former Florida coach Mike White It managed to earn the pledges of the top 15 players within the country in 2018 (Andrew Nimbard) and 2017 )Isaiah Stokes), none of the players lasted more than two seasons in the crocodile uniform. Nembhard moved to Gonzaga after two years in Gainesville while Stokes moved to Memphis after only one campaign.
Golden expressed his goal to “build a fence” around Florida and extract its talents. He said it shouldn’t be too difficult to sell his program to in-state athletes and began that process with securing Kugel.
“Since 2000, University of Florida Gators basketball players have made more than $1 billion in the NBA,” Golden said in March. “We have everything we need here to compete at the championship level. I had time at the famous O’Dome last night and was amazed to see the renovations inside the Exactech Arena that were in 2016, a year after I left Auburn. We have the 25th Hawkins Center million dollar which opened in 2016 that helps student-athletes from a developmental and personal standpoint.”