Ex DePaul signee to visit Florida


After missing out on forwards Amir Williams and DeAndre Daniels, Florida is still seeking another big man for its 2011 class.

Walter Pitchford, a 6-foot-10, 220-pound forward/center from East Lansing, Mich., is visiting the Florida campus this weekend. Pitchford fits Florida’s system as an athletic big man who can score in transition and has long enough arms to defend in the paint and block shots. Pitchford also has a soft shooting touch out to 3-point range.

Pitchford signed with DePaul in 2010 but chose to ask out of his letter of intent when Oliver Purnell replaced Jerry Wainwright as coach. Pitchford is playing this season in East Lansing, Mich., at Summit Christian Academy.

A two-star recruit according to Rivals.com, Pitchford has received scholarship offers from Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Iowa, Memphis, Minnesota, Rhode Island and Washington.

Pitchford would join sharp-shooting guard Brad Beal as the second member of Florida’s 2011 recruiting class. Beal was named to the McDonald’s All-American team on Thursday, becoming the 14th Florida signee under Billy Donovan to earn McDonald’s All-American honors. Transfers Vernon Macklin (Georgetown) and Mike Rosario (Rutgers) also were previous McDonald’s All-Americans.


  1. Please come to Florida! We are doomed next year when it comes to front court players. Other than Young, Larson and Murphy we are small. Prather and Yeugette can rebound but can’t defend the post. We need more size to go along with the GREAT backcourt we will have….maybe the deepest and most talented in the nation next year.
    Any other JUCO transfers available??

  2. Frontcourt depth is the one thing we will have plenty of next year. I’m really looking forward to have Patric and Erik starting at the 4 and 5. We may not have the height of this year’s team, but our frontcourt knows how to box out and compete. We’ll be fine. That being said, it’s always nice to have more depth and adding Walter Pritchard couldn’t hurt. He’ll give us some size down low and can also step out on the perimeter. Hope he chooses Florida!

  3. yall need to check out this dude from my school , he’s sophmore he could be the most underrated player in the class of 2013, he reminds me much of Nolan Smith
    name:Leron Smith
    Height:6’3 1/2
    High School: Heritage High School ,Florida

  4. What happened with DeAndre Daniels? ESPN still lists him as considering for UF. May not be the best kid because of his rocky recruitment and back and forth decision making, but from what I hear he was a heck of a prospect. Yes, added size is needed for the frontcourt and Daniels and Pitchford would be great to complement Murphy, Larson and Young.

  5. Scott, I know he is not a JUCO player. What I was asking is are there any JUCO players that Billy is considering so that we have someone to bang inside next year. Having Young and Murphy are fine, but the depth behind them is a red-shirt freshman who hasnt seen the court. Hope Billy has something up his sleeve.

  6. Should have seen Beal play on Sunday….lights out shooter with the nicest jump shot since Humphrey, nothing and I mean nothing but net…..and crashes the board pretty good for a 6-3 gaurd….can’t wait to see him next year in Gator colors…

  7. TO Austin Meehan…..Having Murphy gives you confidence that we will have plenty of frontcourrt players. YOU HAVE NO IDEA WHAT UR TALKING ABOUT!!!!!!!!!!!!! He playes no d has slow feet and can’t jump and P Young is short for a 5…You don’t know much about hoops if you think we will be fine with Murphy starting especailly on the d end