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.