Apr 4, 2014; Arlington, TX, USA; Florida Gators head coach Billy Donovan talks to his team during practice before the semifinals of the Final Four in the 2014 NCAA Mens Division I Championship tournament at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

Basketball Recruiting: Florida Gators Add Another Big with Noah Dickerson

Florida’s 2015 recruiting class is shaping up to be a big one. Four-star forward Noah Dickerson decided to take his talents to Gainesville Sunday as first reported by Jeff Borzello of CBS Sports. He confirmed the news via Twitter and Instagram.

Dickerson will join fellow big men Kevarrius Hayes and USF transfer John Egbunu, as well as shooting guard KeVaughn Allen as newcomers to the Gators in 2015.

Head coach Billy Donovan was the main motivating factor behind Dickerson’s decision to attend UF.

“Coach [Billy] Donovan is a great coach,” Dickerson said. “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.”

“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.” Noah Dickerson to CBS Sports

After originally committing to Georgetown, Dickerson decided his relationship with Donovan was strong enough to commit to Florida. He’ll play his senior season at Montverde Academy in Tampa, the same school current SG Michael Frazier attended. The 6-8, 225 pounder is rated a four-star prospect, ranked as the 10th PF, fifth Floridian, and 52nd player overall of the 2015 recruiting class, according to 247Sports composite rankings.

If Dickerson decides to sign with Florida, it could bring up a sticky situation as far as scholarships go. Dickerson, Hayes, and Egbunu donning the Orange and Blue means a crowded front court and puts the Gators at 15 scholarships, two more than the NCAA limit. Egbunu’s transfer likely meant the departure of first round prospect Chris Walker, but Dickerson’s commitment means UF would be one over the limit. The big question is, what does Donovan know that Gators fans don’t? Either another current scholarship player would have to leave, either via transfer or NBA Draft, or they’d be transferred to walk-on status. We’ll see as the season unfolds.

Dickerson’s commitment vaults Florida to a fifth-ranked class ranking, but Florida’s not done yet despite the scholarship issue. The Gators are reportedly still pursuing three-star small forward Keith Stone. We’ll keep an eye on this situation as it progresses.

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Tags: Basketball Recruiting Billy Donovan Chris Walker Florida Gators John Egbunu Keith Stone Kevarrius Hayes KeVaughn Allen Noah Dickerson

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