Donovan, UF pick up commitment from guard

Published: Wednesday, March 9, 2011 at 9:21 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, March 9, 2011 at 9:21 p.m.

Days after clinching an outright SEC title, No. 12 Florida has added a second commitment to its 2012 class.

Braxton Ogbueze, a 6-foot-1, 185-pound point guard from Charlotte, N.C., has verbally committed to the Gators.

According to, Ogbueze is the ninth-rated point guard in the Class of 2012 and the 48th rated overall prospect in the country.

"He is wired up just the way Billy Donovan likes them," national recruiting analyst Dave Telep said. "He's a competitive kid. Very strong upper body. The strongest part of his game is his mid-range pull-up (jump shot).

Telep said Ogbueze started his career as a shooting guard before making the transition to the point as a junior. Ogbueze fits the mold of a scoring point guard that Donovan has recruited throughout his UF tenure.

"I just think he's a really good fit," Telep said. "I think he's a guy who has a chance in time to be one of the best players in the country. Florida walked into the state of North Carolina and caught some programs sleeping on this guy.

"He's a very intelligent kid who is very coachable."

Ogbueze joins Michael Frazier, a 6-4 shooting guard from Tampa Plant, as the second member of Florida's 2012 class. Both can sign letters of intent during this November's signing period.

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