Under head coach Billy Donovan, the Florida Gators have become one of the country’s elite basketball programs, mostly thanks to the recruiting of Donovan. On Sunday, the two-time National Championship winning coach showed his stuff on the recruiting trail again, landing a commitment from 4-Star power forward Noah Dickerson.
Dickerson cited Donovan as the biggest reason for his commitment.
“Coach [Billy] Donovan is a great coach,” Dickerson said via CBS Sports. “He develops players, and he has great character. That’s one thing I love about him. He’s a great person outside of a coach.”
Dickerson also believes he has a chance to play right away.
“I fit in pretty well because they won’t have anyone in that position,” Dickerson said. “They like me inside, but they like me playing on the outside too. They want to develop me into a stretch four.”
Donovan didn’t have to go far to get Dickerson – the 6’8, 245-pounder is from Montverde, Florida and attends Montverde Academy, one of the best programs in the country.
Dickerson is ranked as the country’s 10th-best power forward prospect, the fifth-best overall prospect in the state of Florida and the 52nd-best overall prospect in the class of 2015 according to 24/7 Sports’ composite rankings.
Dickerson was originally committed to the Georgetown Hoyas but announced his decommitment late in June. He also holds offers from the Alabama Crimson Tide, Auburn Tigers, Connecticut Huskies, North Carolina State Wolfpack and Ohio State Buckeyes, among others.
Dickerson becomes the third and high-rated member of the Gators’ recruiting class. He joins 4-Star shooting guard KeVaughn Allen and 4-Star center Kevarrius Hayes.