While sources close to the Kyle Anderson camp continue to say that St. John’s and UCLA are the favorites, one source said Florida had a “puncher’s chance” to land the 6-foot-8 St. Anthony point guard.
Florida coach Billy Donovan and assistant Norm Roberts will now get their shot to persuade Anderson, who scored 35 and 31 points, respectively, in two wins for the Playaz Basketball Club Sunday at IS8. They have a home visit with him Monday night and then host the St. Anthony star this coming weekend for an official visit that will include Saturday’s nationally televised SEC football game with Tennessee.
Florida will point to Donovan’s history of preparing players like 6-10 Chandler Parsons for the NBA and the coach’s success winning back-to-back NCAA titles in 2006-7.
The SEC Player of the Year, Parsons averaged 11.8 points per game in the regular season, while finishing third in the SEC in rebounding (7.8 rpg) and seventh in assists (3.6 apg). He was chosen in the second round by the Houston Rockets and then signed with French team Cholet.
Florida can also offer the opportunity to play alongside other talented players like Brad Beal, Mike Rosario and Patric Young.
Georgetown has a home visit with Anderson Tuesday.
“[Anderson] is a very, very special player,” one coach said. “You cannot make a mistake on where he goes.”
Anderson skipped a chance to announce his choice on ESPN, and will inform reporters of his decision Sept. 19.
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