Florida won the NCAA Championship and the SEC battle of recruiting. Head coach Billy Donovan lost his starting five and sixth man to graduation and the NBA draft, so it was imperative to replace those talented players this year. Donovan and his staff did a masterful job getting two local players in 6-5 guard Nick Calathes (Winter Park, Fla./Lake Howell) and 6-8 power forward Chandler Parsons who are both from Lake Howell HS in Winter Park, Fla.. Recently, Donovan got a commitment from point guard Jai Lucas (Bellaire, Texas), the son of NBA player and coach John Lucas. Donovan would have liked to land Patrick Patterson, who instead committed to Kentucky. Look for Donovan to reach into the Class of '08 and get a Greg Monroe, or Samardo Samuels, Ed Davis or Al-Farouq Aminu.
Scouts Inc. grades the recruiting classes of the SEC.