Florida Gators: 2013 basketball commit

2013 PF Rimmer commits to Gators

August, 5, 2012
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Florida head coach Billy Donovan continues to put together a top class for the 2013 recruiting cycle. Schuyler Rimmer (Orlando, Fla./Boone) strengthened the incoming haul by pledging to the Gators program on Sunday.

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Dave TelepThree-star power forward Schuyler Rimmer is the No. 8 player in the state of Florida.
"I am really excited about that," he said. "It has been my dream to go there and play basketball. I was given that opportunity and it wasn't something I could pass up."

Rimmer's commitment along with those of five-star prospects Kasey Hill (Eustis, Fla./Montverde Academy) and Chris Walker (Bonifay, Fla./Holmes County) has Donovan excited, too.

"He was excited that I chose them and he said he sees a bright future for me," Rimmer said. "He really thinks I can develop into a good college player. At this point, I am just looking forward to getting up there and getting started."

The strength of the Gators' class was something that drew Rimmer to Gainesville instead of shying away from it. He sees a situation where he can get better by going against top talent on his own team.

"Playing against top-10 prospects like Chris Walker and Kasey Hill is another thing," Rimmer said. "Everyday in practice, Chris Walker, or Patrick Young if he decides to play, whoever it is, there is going to be someone that is going to be really good. It is in the SEC and that will help my growth and develop into the best player I can be."

Gators make a statement with Walker 

July, 22, 2012
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Chris Walker (Bonifay, Fla./Holmes County) has been a major focus in the recruiting efforts by many of the nation’s top college basketball programs. His commitment to Florida is big news for Billy Donovan and his staff. With AAU teammate and point guard Kasey Hill (Eustis, Fla./Montverde Academy) already on board, Florida now has two top-10 talents who are capable of being impact players as freshman.

Walker is a skilled, 6-foot-10 combo-forward who is a scoring threat inside and out. His face-up ability is a perfect fit for Donovan’s system as the Gators have had a lot of success causing matchup problems for opponents utilizing post players with perimeter skills. He will need to put on some weight and get stronger to handle the physical demands of the college level, but there will be few 6-10 freshmen arriving on any campus next season who can match Walker’s combination of size, skill and athleticism.

Donovan has always been considered one of the top recruiting head coaches in the game. He has had success recruiting on the national level, showing that the Gators could compete for the best players regardless of where they lived. Gaining commitments from two in-state prospects of Walker and Hill’s stature was a major priority. It is a talent haul that will keep the Gators on par with Kentucky in terms of attracting elite players within the SEC.

Walker, as many prospects do, guaranteed a national championship when he made his announcement to commit with the Gators. With the dynamic duo of Hill and Walker in the fold, along with transfers Dorian Finney-Smith and Damontre Harris, Florida now has the talent level to make good on Walker’s promise. Fans of the Gators have good reason to be excited about the future of basketball in Gainesville.

Gators close out 2011 with junior pledge

December, 31, 2011
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The final commitment of 2011 calendar year belongs to the Florida Gators.

Prize junior recruit Kasey Hill (Eustis, Fla./Montverde Academy), ESPNU’s No. 16 overall recruit in the 2013 class and third-rated point guard pledged to Florida on Saturday.

“I did it after the (Yale) game but I knew before the game that I would do it,” Hill said. “I told (Billy Donovan) that I was ready. Last time I visited he told me to let him know when I was ready. I came up today and I was ready.”

Hill was in town to watch the Gators play the Bulldogs.

Hill, who said he had Florida leading for the last two months, also considered Louisville and Florida State. The Gators committed a ton of time resources to Hill last July on the AAU circuit.

“I think I saw them at every game and that’s what really stood out to me,” Hill said.

A scoring point guard, Hill is under the tutelage of Kevin Boyle this season at Montverde. In Donovan, he found a former high-level player at his position and someone he felt had the ability to nurture his game.

“I’ve built a really good relationship with Coach Donovan, he played point guard in the NBA and I could learn a lot from him,” Hill said.

Hill is the Gators first recruit in the Class of 2013.

Hill's commitment happened following the Gators game on Saturday. It's also the last one we're going to report for the 2011 calendar year. Hill was a recruit the Gators zeroed in on and prioritized.

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