This weekend was not a particularly good one for the University of Florida's athletic teams. The Gators of the gridiron desecrated their field of play, and Florida's top-five soccer team went oh-fer in two road matches. Florida volleyball was the only team in its NCAA season to come away with a victory.
But Florida basketball notched a W, too: Scout's Evan Daniels reports that Deerfield Beach Zion Lutheran forward Keith Stone, who took an official visit to Florida over the weekend, has committed to the Gators.
Stone announced his commitment on Instagram shortly after Daniels published his story.
247Sports lists Stone at 6'7" and 240 pounds, which would make him a combo forward or a big wing, his role in Billy Donovan's offense likely dependent on whether he can shoot or just slash.
Given this mixtape of his stellar summer — one that saw Stone rise from an unknown to a sleeper listed among the nation's top 150 prospects — I think he could be either.
Stone is Florida's fourth commit in the class of 2015, joining big men Noah Dickerson and Kevarrius Hayes and combo guard KeVaughn Allen. Florida is now in line to have 16 players on scholarship in 2015-16, three more than the maximum 13 allowed by the NCAA. The fait accompli departure of Chris Walker for the 2015 NBA Draft will free up one of those scholarships, and two more departures down the road will have to allow for the others.
Finally: There is a zero point zero percent chance that Keith Stone will be nicknamed anything but Smooth.