Five-Star's Big Board: Florida

Verbal commitments, signings and priority targets

by Adam Zagoria and Harrison Sanford January 5, 2012 11:26am ET
Michael Frazier 624
Orlando Sentinel
Montverde Academy's 6'4" shooting guard Michael Frazier signed on board with the Gators in August.

Over the course of the college season, Five-Star will be on the grind, gathering recruiting intelligence for some of the nation's premier programs -- outlining each team's current roster and program needs, commitments and signees, and top recruiting targets for the 2012, 2013 and 2014 classes.

Today, we'll peek inside the University of Florida war room and answer the following questions: What are the immediate and longer-term needs? Who are the Gators after? Which players have decided to take their talents to Raleigh? 

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The Big Board: Verbal Commitments, Signings and Priority Targets:

Position 2012 2013 2014
Guards  Michael Frazier (signed)
Dillon Graham 
(signed)
Braxton Ogbueze (signed)    
Kasey Hill (committed)    Joel Berry
Wings/Forwards   Khem Birch
JaKarr Sampson
Ricardo Gathers
Anthony Bennett
Chris Walker
Kyle Washington
Austin Colbert
Jermaine Lawrence
Mike Young
 
Posts      Dakari Johnson  

Current Roster and Program Needs:

Immediate Needs – 2012

  • The Gators most immediate need is in the frontcourt. If Patric Young heads to the NBA, they will be in dire need of frontcourt help and are thus targeting Pitt transfer Khem Birch, as well as 2012 spring signees Anthony Bennett, Ricardo Gathers and JaKarr Sampson. Florida will still have Erik Murphy, Cody Larson and Walter Pitchford up front, but wants to add big bodies now.

Longer Term Needs – 2013

  • The Gators want to continue to target bigs for 2013, especially Florida stud Chris Walker, who recently listed Florida, Kansas and UConn as his top three. They are also involved with 2013 forwards Kyle Washington, Austin Colbert, Michael Young and Jermaine Lawrence.
  • With Bradley Beal and Kenny Boynton likely headed to the pros in the next year or two, Florida must also add to the backcourt. The Montverde (Fla.) tandem of 2012 shooting guard Michael Frazier and 2013 point guard Kasey Hill, whom Montverde coach Kevin Boyle says has "NBA potential" figure to play big roles going forward.

2014 Targets

  • Joel Berry, 6'0", PG, Orlando (Fla.) Lake Highland Prep
  • Dakari Johnson, 6'10'', C, Montverde (Fla.) Academy

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Harrison Sanford is a reporter for Fivestarbasketball.com. Follow him Twitter: @HarrisonSanford