Christmas coming?


In yet another sign of the apocalypse, an athlete who has yet to begin his junior year in high school has sent out a press release.

Mind you, this is no ordinary high school sophomore. This is Northeast Philly big man Rakeem Christmas, rated by at the top center in the Class of 2011.

Christmas listed Florida in his final eight school choices in the release, a list that includes Baylor, Georgetown, Indiana, Ohio State, Texas, Oklahoma and Villanova.

The 6-foot-9, 210-pound Christmas is considered an excellent shot-blocker and will probably fill out before stepping foot on campus. FYI,  he is no relation to former Temple standout shooting guard Dionte Christmas.

A future one-two punch of Christmas on the inside and top 2011 point guard and Florida commit Austin Rivers on the outside would be intriguing. But there’s too much time and too many schools involved to make any assumptions yet.

Still, at least Florida remains on the radar.