Another big man in play for Gators


While Florida has struck out on the recruiting trail for a number of big man recruits, there is still a chance that the Gators could get added frontcourt help in 2012.

Montrezl Harrell, a four-star 2012 power forward from Tarboro, N.C., has listed Florida in his final four with Cincinnati. Louisville and Alabama. Harrell was released from his letter of intent at Virginia Tech earlier this week.

According to a report,  the 6-foot-7, 235-pound Harrell lacks perimeter skills but is a physical presence underneath the basket with “freakish” athletic ability. rates Harrell as the 14th best power forward in the Class of 2012. Harrell spent this past season at Hargrave Military Academy in Virginia, the same school that produced former UF big man Marreese Speights.

In short, Harrell would give the Gators a second physical presence to spell Patric Young in case Young gets hurt or is in foul trouble.

The Gators have whiffed on a number of frontcourt prospects in 2012, including Anthony Bennett (UNLV), Jarnell Stokes (Tennessee), Robert Carter (Georgia Tech), Brice Johnson (North Carolina) and Alex Poythress (Kentucky). Florida also is pursuing the transfer route to fill its lack of depth up front, having talked with South Carolina big man Damontre Harris and Virginia Tech forward Dorain Finney-Smith. Harris is mulling offers between Florida and Kansas, but could also return to South Carolina. Finney-Smith is considering a number of offers including UF, Old Dominion, Memphis and Texas.








  1. I thought D Harris was down to UF and Kansas. When did USC get back in?
    D Harris was also going to announce on Friday? Also word on the street is that UF might have upset Harris by showing love to Finney-Smith
    Do you have any dates for any of the 3?

    Go Gators!

    • Harris has said in the past he wouldn’t rule out returning to SC to play for new coach Frank Martin. Longer this drags out, more likely the possibility. As for dates, not hearing anything imminent but transfer deadlines academically for most courses of UF study is June 1. Some schools (including journalism) is July 1. Of course, there’s a chance UF could work around that for athletes. Don’t know for sure.

  2. Kevin,
    Thanks for the information. I would like Harrell as our primary recruit, he needs to develop (most likely would hang out for few years) also he can start playing immediately. We need a big body that can slow down some of the PF in the league.

    Hayes is the one from Jax and he signed with Georgetown. I don’t know why but UF never offered him. Could be grades. He looked good on film but I’m just a fan. The man with the two NC rings knows better than me.

    Thanks Again Kevin
    Go Gators

  3. Wait!! Please Wait!! Am I understanding that kid can get into Georgetown but not into Florida? I’m a 1969 Florida grad who loves this school but I admit I will be somewhat apoplectic if it’s true this guy wanted to go to Florida, couldn’t get in and is allowed to enroll at Georgetown.

  4. The transfers wouldn’t help us until 3013 and there are some excellent freshman prospects that year. Billy doesn’t want to take up space on the roster or discourage incoming frosh from signing. I looked at the You Tube of the big guy from Jax and he didn’t look like the next Dwight Howard. Finney Smith might be OK if he could convert to a 3. Harris didn’t do much for So. Carolina as the finished last. I think that Billy prefers bigs with offensive skills.

  5. it’s not the point we can’t get big man, but when we get them we lose them…you can’t always get the super stars but if you believe in your program to develope guys then you should be able to take on any player and mold him…who ever saw guys like parson, bonner, noah, lee as being impact players in the NBA?…to me that’s yound and Kenny B. are going to be good because they stayed in the program..