When guard Dillon Graham became UF’s third basketball commitment of the Class of 2o12, it filled the school’s scholarship allotment for the 2012-13 season.
Of course, that could change between now and next fall. Erik Murphy and Cody Larson remain suspended indefinitely. Murphy’s case was resolved, but Larson has pleaded not guilty to criminal trespass charges and is awaiting a pretrail hearing later this month. Florida coach Billy Donovan intends not to announce if the two will get re-instated until the legal process is resolved.
But if Larson and Murphy come back, and all three commitments sign in November, here’s a look at UF’s potential roster heading into 2012-13.
Brad Beal — G
Kenny Boynton — G
Scottie Wilbekin — G
Dillon Graham — G
Braxton Ogbueze — G
Michael Frazier — G
Mike Rosario — G
Casey Prather — F
Erik Murphy — F
Will Yeguete — F
Cody Larson — F
Walter Pitchford — F
Patric Young — C
Despite rumblings from message boards, Graham told me that he has accepted an offer for a full basketball scholarship. But for those who have concerns about the guard-heavy roster, it could change just as quickly. Big seasons from either Boynton, Beal and/or Rosario could result in at least one or possibly two players leaving early. So what Donovan is doing is essentially covering his tracks in case there are early departures.
I expect Florida to try to get a commitment from at least one more big man in the 2012 class, or possibly a swingman. UF coaches spent a lot of time in July watching Kyle Anderson, Alex Poythress and Mitch McGary. McGary or Poythress would give Florida more of a physical presence up front, while Anderson is a 6-8 swingman who could fill the point-forward role previously held by Chandler Parsons, Corey Brewer and Matt Walsh.
— Pretty good story from ESPN.com’s Dave Telep on 2012 big man Jarnell Stokes, who told me in July he’s interested in Florida. Stokes’ final six includes Florida, Tennessee, Arkansas, Memphis, Connecticut and Ole Miss.
— Former Florida guard Ray Shipman is second on the depth chart at outside linebacker for UCF. The bad news? Shipman is playing behind true freshman Leilon Willingham. Shipman, whose playing weight at Florida was 210 pounds, is now listed at 237 pounds. Shipman, a former 2008 Florida Mr. Basketball, left UF following the 2010 season due to playing time issues.