NEW YORK — Kuran Iverson says Florida may be the “best choice” for him as he heads toward a college decision in the near future.
“Florida’s showing me a lot of love. I think that might be the best choice,” the 6-foot-9 Iverson told SNY.tv exclusively after being named Co-MVP of the NYC squad following a 20-point, 5-rebound, 4-dunk performance as the USA team beat the NYC team, 87-86, Saturday night in the Big Strick Classic at City College of New York. To read more of this story, click here
Florida coach Billy Donovan scored a major coup early Sunday morning when Chris Walker committed to the Gators over Kansas, Kentucky and Louisville.
“I will be playing college basketball for the University of Florida…and I will be teaming up with my teammate off the AAU squad, Kasey Hill, and together we will be the best duo in college basketball and we will win a national championship,” he said on a video on HTHoops.com.
The high-flying, 6-foot-10 Walker, out of Bonifay County (Fla.) Holmes County, is the No. 2 power forward in the Class of 2013, per Rivals.
His stay at Florida could be short as he is talented enough to be a one-and-done-type player, but with one year alongside Hill, they could do some serious damage.
Florida guard Mike Rosario managed just 4 points in Puerto Rico’s 80-72 loss to the John Calipari-coached Dominican Republic in the Centrobasket gold medal game Sunday, yet he made the final cut for Puerto Rico’s Olympic qualifying roster.
“It feels great because I know how hard I am working because I want this year coming up to be a special one for me to remember,” Rosario told SNY.tv.
“I’m taking advantage of all opportunities. I have a very special gift that God gave me and that’s the talent to play basketball at the highest level I’m ready. Therefore, I want to thank my coach, Billy Donovan, for giving me the opportunity. This really means a lot to me and my future.” To read more of this story, click here
That is the first step toward potentially qualifying for the London Olympics.
“I’m lost for words right now,” Rosario told SNY.tv. “I came down to Puerto Rico knowing that the challenge to make this National Team was going to take a lot of hard work and being professional at all times. To read more of this story, click here
Virginia Tech transfer Dorian Finney-Smith has committed to Florida, sources told SNY.tv.
The 6-foot-8 Portsmouth, Va., native also considered Iowa State, Marquette and Texas.
Finney-Smith, who will visit Florida beginning Thursday, is a nice frontcourt addition for the Gators after they missed out on Findlay Prep forward Anthony Bennett and former Virginia Tech commit Montrezl Harrell.
He will have three years of eligibility left after sitting out the 2012-13 season.
An ACC all-freshman team member in 2012, Finney-Smith averaged 6.3 points and 7.0 rebounds as a freshman. He started 30 of 33 games.
He opted to transfer after coach Seth Greenberg was fired.
The last time Mike Rosario went to Puerto Rico to train with a National Team, Todd Washington recalls that Rosario didn’t take things as seriously as he could or should have.
“Three years ago when he came down here, he was all caught up in the nightlife and the girls,” Washington, founder of the Puerto Rico Playmakers AAU team and a longtime Rosario mentor, told SNY.tv by phone from San Juan, P.R.
Yet Rosario went on to lead the 2009 FIBA U19 World Championship in New Zealand in scoring at 24 point per game, highlighted by a 54-point outburst in Puerto Rico’s win over France. Puerto Rico ended up finishing sixth overall. To read more of this story, click here