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No. 10 Florida has not only gotten off to a nice start on the court, but off the court as well.

After landing a verbal commitment from Bradley Beal, the top-rated shooting guard in the Class of 2011, the Gators have made the cut for prized 2011 big-man Rakeem Christmas as well.

Christmas, a 6-foot-8, 200-pound center from Bryn Athyn, Pa., recently listed Florida in his final five with Georgetown, Texas, FIU and Oklahoma. He’s an excellent defender/shot blocker at the high school level. Rivals.com rates Christmas as the top center and fourth-best overall prospect in the Class of 2011.