Thursday, February 17, 2011
Braxton Ogbueze commits to Florida
By Paul Biancardi
Braxton Ogbueze, a Super 60 point guard, has committed to Florida after recently taking an unofficial visit to see the Gators defeat Alabama for the SEC title. He also had been considering over Baylor, Kansas and Oklahoma.
"When I arrived on campus I was impressed with all the coaches, players and the beautiful campus," Ogbueze said of Florida.
The No. 43-ranked player in the 2012 class from United Faith Christian Academy in Charlotte, N.C., is a powerful, natural scorer who can make long jumpers from behind the 3-point arc or pull-up jumpers off the bounce. Ogbueze has a tight handle with a good crossover dribble to break down defenders or penetrate. The 6-foot-1, 185-pounder is also improving his reads, getting better in pick-and-roll situations and becoming a more effective facilitator.
"Braxton Ogbueze approaches everything with excellence in mind," United Faith coach Sean Wiseman said. "From the court to the classroom as well as his character, he tries to be the best at what he does. That's what makes him special."
He is a quick learner and will need to understand the nuances of the position to reach his potential, which he will do under the tutelage of Billy Donovan, who was a great point guard at Providence and even played in the NBA.
"I want to learn my position from Coach Donovan, who has had great success with perimeter players and is a proven winner," Ogbueze said. "Winning back-to-back national championships means a lot."
Ogbueze is the second member of the Gators' 2012 class, joining fellow Super 60 prospect SG Michael Frazier (Tampa, Fla./H.B. Plant). When you start to look at Florida's backcourt of the future -- Ogbueze, Frazier, ESPNU 100 SG Bradley Beal (St. Louis, Mo./ Chaminade), Rutgers transfer Mike Rosario and an improving Scottie Wilbekin -- you can see Donovan is putting together something special.
Paul Biancardi, who has been a head coach and assistant on NCAA tournament teams, is the national director of basketball recruiting. He is also one the voters for the McDonald's All-American Game and Gatorade Player of the Year. Don't forget to follow him on Twitter.