Recruiting analyst high on Stone’s potential


On the surface, latest 2015 Florida commitment Keith Stone is a borderline top 100 national recruit.

But national recruiting analyst Rob Harrington is high on Stone’s potential. Harrington doesn’t view Stone as an impact player as a freshman, but things the 6-foot-7 forward can develop into high-level player in Florida’s system.

“He’s an excellent four-year prospect,” Harrington said. “He’s not going to be a Kasey Hill type guy who comes in with that kind of reputation or a Chris Walker. He’ll be a solid stabilizer who will make his primary contributions as an upperclassman.”

Harrington watched Stone at “The Workout”, a Nike Team Florida event in Sarasota four weeks ago that showcased some of the top Division I prospects in the Southeast. Stone comes from the same Nike Team Florida program that produced former Gator standouts Walter Hodge, Nick Calathes, Chandler Parsons and Will Yeguete.

Stone’s weight has been reported anywhere from 215 to 240 pounds by various recruiting websites.

“He’s a solid guy, he’s very strongly built,” Harrington said. “I think he’ll become a power wing. He’s a good stationary shooter, not a dynamic one-on-one scorer, but he’s a capable outside scorer in addition to being a physical finisher. And he’s also fairly athletic, especially when he gets a running start. He’s not going to be a plus athlete by Florida standards but certainly he’s very capable athletically and I think he’ll be a tough defender for them.”

Harrington said Stone’s shooting range is out to the 3-point line.

“He’s much more effective facing the rim,” Harrington said. “Conceivably, he could be a face-up four and I think he’ll be able to defend some power forwards. But I think his natural position is a 3, but you could call him a wing forward/power forward.’

Off the court, Harrington said Stone possesses some strong intangibles. Harrington said Stone could develop into a team leader over time.

“The other dynamic about his commitment worth mentioning is he really wanted to go (to Florida),” Harrington said. “He was willing to be patient. He didn’t mince words in interviews. He made it very clear that’s where he wanted to be. And I think people win with guys like that.

“Not everyone can be a one or two-year player and you have to have those as well, but I think he can be one of those continuity players that can be good enough to contribute on the court. He won’t be the proverbial bad locker room influence.”