Florida coach Billy Donovan inked Wednesday his most impressive class in recent years, receiving letters of intents from the state's top two recruits in point guard Kasey Hill and power forward Chris Walker.
Hill and Walker are both consensus top-10 players nationally and provide Donovan with a duo of top-flight talent comparable or better than any he has had as Florida's coach.
"How they rank to the rest of the country, doesn’t really matter to me because there are so many things they bring to the table,” Donovan said in a release on the school's website. "Being in-state guys, I’ve had a chance to watch them grow over a three-year period and I understand what we’ll be getting. They’re athletic, with speed and quickness and competiveness. They both have a chance to have tremendous careers here."
And in the NBA.
Last year's one-and-done shooting guard Brad Beal was the first of that type of player Donovan has recruited to be a Gator -- even the 2004 class that won back-to-back national championships did not have a five-star recruit or one ranked in the top 30 nationally. Both Hill and Walker are projected as NBA talents, and it will be interesting to see how they develop and how long Donovan can hold onto them.
At 6-1, 170 pounds from Eustis Montverde Academy, Hill brings a complete game to the point guard spot, providing Donovan with a weapon that's equally good at distributing as he is at scoring and creating for his teammates.
"He just as a presence on the floor," Donovan said in the release. "Great vision."
Walker (6-10, 195) from Bonifay Holmes County High has the explosiveness and athleticism to be a factor around the rim from his first game in Gainesville. He's raw, but has a high motor, something that can't be taught.
"The best frontcourt players to come through here -- the Horfords, Haslems, Bonners, Noahs -- they could all really run," assistant coach Matt McCall told the website. "And Chris Walker can really run."