Billy Donovan has been carving up the Recruiting landscape. After securing 2010 McDonald's All-American F/C Patric Young (also on USA Minor Select Team at Nike World Hoop Summit) and 4 star G/F Casey Prather Donovan has hit the ground running over the past 4 days.
First Billy Lands former McDonald's All-American Mike Rosario as a transfer from Rutgers. Mike averaged around 16 points in the Big East as a freshman. Most importantly with Mike you get a guy who wants to win, as that was his biggest draw to Florida, "the chance to win." However Mike won't be available til 2011-2012 season.
Then Billy goes and gets Will Yeguette, a 3 star Forward from Florida Air, where Walter Hodge is from. Will is another incoming freshman with a penchant for rebounding and playing physical. Which for anyone who paid attention to this past season where two glaring weaknesses.
Next Billy gets Cody Larson, a 3/4 star recruit from South Dakota. At 6'9" he draws similar comparisons to the last South Dakota Florida hoops recruit, Mike Miller.
And finally, Scottie Wilbekin, a PG/combo guard is firming up a commitment to the Gators, pending NCAA approval, since he is graduating as a junior from high school. He's listed as a 3 star recruit but some scouts have made note that he would be at least a 4 star recruit next year. Nabbing him before then is just that much sweeter.
That makes 3 to 4 frontcourt players and 2 to 3 backcourt players with the gem of the class being the physical and defensive Patric Young.
Note that in order for all players to sign, some one besides Shipman has to leave the program. The likely candidates are Nimrod Tishman, Adam Allen, or Alex Tyus. Tyus would be entering the Draft, Allen calling it quits at Florida after 2 knee injuries, and Tishman going home to Israel to make money playing instead. I can't see Tyus being even a 2nd round pick this draft with all the talent that has entered the pool, and if he is, the probablity of him being a late 1st round to early 2nd round next year seem to be dramaticlly better than this year. Which leads me to believe that either Allen or Tishman has expressed a desire to leave the team to Billy. But if Tyus is just ready to move on, he may go to the draft regardless, remember he did want to transfer last offseason.