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Gator basketball ranked for first time this season; Billy Donovan lands big-time recruit



It has been a nice day for Florida coach Billy Donovan.

On Monday morning, he received an oral commitment from one of the nation's top high school shooting guards. Then later, Florida jump into the national rankings for the first time this season.

After impressive wins over Florida State, then-No. 2 Michigan State, and Rutgers last week, Florida is ranked No. 13 in the AP poll this week, No. 17 in the ESPN/USA Today poll.

“I think here in November I think we've played a very, very good schedule and I think we've played against some quality teams and we've done well up to this point in time,’’ Donovan said. “There's been times in the past where our team has been ranked and it's probably been undeserved. Coming off of Florida State home game and then playing Michigan State and then playing Rutgers, whether or not we deserve to be that high, I'm not sure.’’

The Gators (6-0) will host Florida A&M Tuesday.

Meanwhile, Donovan received a commitment from 6-foot-3 guard Bradley Beal, of St. Louis Chaminade High. lists Beal as the best shooting guard in the 2011 class.

"I like the school itself, and then Coach Donovan is just great," Beal told Jerry Meyer, basketball recruiting analyst with "He is going to push me to work hard and hasn't guaranteed me anything. That is what I like. It pushes me to work even harder."


[Last modified: Wednesday, May 26, 2010 1:29pm]


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