Donovan adds forward to 2013 class


Published: Sunday, August 5, 2012 at 2:08 p.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, August 5, 2012 at 2:08 p.m.

An Orlando native, Schuyler Rimmer grew up watching Florida basketball.

The 6-foot-9, 233-pound Rimmer will realize his dream of playing for the Gators after accepting a scholarship offer from Florida on Sunday.

“It’s been a dream of mine, ever since I was a kid,” said Rimmer, UF’s third commitment in the Class of 2013. “Both of my parents went to Florida. Growing up in the state, I was a Gator fan, I remember the back-to-back national championship seasons, watching coach (Billy) Donovan. I knew if I had the opportunity that’s where I would want to play.”

Rimmer, a three-star power forward prospect, also had offers from Miami, Georgia, Georgia Tech and Boston College. He’ll join five-star point guard prospect Kasey Hill and five-star power forward Chris Walker as the third commitment in a class that ESPN.com recruiting analyst Dave Telep has rated No. 1 in the nation.

Rimmer said he’s familiar with both Hill and Walker.

“Kasey, being from Orlando, we’ve played against each other since middle school,” Rimmer said. “Chris has come on the travel-league scene more recently. Coming in with a class like that, it’s just an opportunity to get better. Going against guys like Chris Walker, Will Yeguete, Patric Young, if he stays, it’s only going to make me a better player.”

Rimmer averaged 16.4 points, 13.1 rebounds and 2.8 blocked shots in his junior season at Boone High. Asked about his strengths, Rimmer said, “I bring a level of toughness, crashing the boards, getting rebounds, I can step out and shoot a little bit.”

Rimmer said he would like to extend his range to the 3-point line to become a pick-and-pop shooter similar to the mold of Matt Bonner and Erik Murphy.

“My high school coach, he kind of recognizes my perimeter ability,” Rimmer said. “But I’ll also be banging down low playing against 6-3 centers.”

Rimmer said he had a growth spurt from 6-foot-1 to 6-foot-7 in seventh grade and has added two inches since. He’s spent extra time in the weight room this summer to try to continue to fill out his frame.

“It’s helped in my ability to clear out guys, get position under the basket,” Rimmer said. “My goal is to be ready so I’m used to playing against guys as big and as strong as I am.”

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