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The Florida men’s basketball team added three to its 2019-20 roster, as Ques Glover and Jason Jitoboh signed National Letters of Intent and Anthony Duruji filed the necessary paperwork for his transfer to UF.
All three previously had announced their intentions to attend UF.
The freshman duo rounds out the Gators’ five-man freshman class for the upcoming season, which also includes early signees Scottie Lewis, Tre Mann and Omar Payne.
Under NCAA transfer rules, Duruji will sit out for the 2019-20 season and have two years of eligibility to compete at Florida.
F | 6-7 | 215 | Germantown, Md. | Louisiana Tech | St. Andrew’s Episcopal School
* An outstanding athlete with the ability to play above the rim or step out and shoot from the perimeter.
* Played in 65 games with 52 starts over two seasons at Louisiana Tech, averaging 9.7 points and 5.1 rebounds to go along with 85 blocked shots and 69 3-pointers.
* Earned 2018 Conference USA Freshman of the Year honors and followed that up by starting all 33 games as a sophomore and posting 12.2 points and 6.2 rebounds per game.
* Had three double-doubles as a sophomore, including 16 points and 14 rebounds at FIU. Also added a 22-point, nine-rebound outing at LSU.
G | 5-11 | 175 | Knoxville, Tenn. | Bearden
* Speedy point guard with great bounce and outstanding range.
* Averaged 21 points per game and led Bearden to its first state championship as a senior, bringing home the TSSAA Class AAA title.
* Earned state tournament MVP honors, highlighted by a 24-point performance in the championship game and a 20-point game in the semifinals.
* A 2019 finalist for Class AAA Mr. Basketball and first-team Knox News Sentinel All-PrepXtra team.
* Named the 2018 Knox News Sentinel Player of the Year and TSWA Class AAA All-State after averaging 20 points and helping Bearden to the Class AAA semifinals.
C | 6-11 | 300 | Abuja, Nigeria | Hamilton Heights (Tenn.)
* A rim protector with fantastic size with a good feel for the game.
* Has a soft touch around the basket and is a solid passer in the post.
* Helped Hamilton Heights to a 34-4 record and a Top 25 finish in MaxPreps’ national rankings.
* Averaged 10.1 points and 5.6 rebounds on the Nike EYBL circuit in the summer of 2018.
The Gators hope to add one more before next season. Florida is recruiting Virginia Tech big man Kerry Blackshear Jr., who announced via Instagram on Tuesday that he is entering his name into the NBA draft while also exploring a transfer.
The 6-foot-10 Blackshear, a junior from nearby Orlando, averaged 14.9 points and 7.5 rebounds this past season. He notched five double-doubles in the Hokies’ final 10 games, including 18 points, 16 rebounds and five assists in a loss to top-seeded Duke in the NCAA Tournament.
Wherever Blackshear ends up, he should be eligible to play right away as a graduate transfer.
Florida has been searching for help since three reserves decided to transfer days after the season ended with a second-round loss to Michigan in the NCAA Tournament.
Point guard Andrew Nembhard also entered the NBA draft without hiring an agent, leaving open the possibility of returning for his sophomore season.
— Denver Parler, UF Sports Information Dept., contributed to this report.
I can’t wait for this group to help us win an SEC championship next year. We will be a great team.
I like Mike, and I hope he can get these players developed and motivated to play championship winning basketball.
I like the size of Jitoboh. Talk about filling up the middle. I hope he can move well. It’s been a while since they’ve had somebody that big.
According to ESPN we are recruiting Kerry Blackshear Jr. a 6′ 10″ grad transfer from Virginia Tech who is from Orlando: http://www.espn.com/mens-college-basketball/story/_/id/26550070/duruji-lands-uf-glover-jitoboh-join-19-class
Now THAT would be an excellent pickup. He can play, and he if from down the road. Saw him in High School and he has really developed into a solid player.
Also according to the article above…
Very encouraging. Good to feel some positive momentum when it comes to hoops!
Just give coach white a chance, this is the best sounding recruiting class yet. Finally a BIG man!