Having already received verbal commitments from three players in the 2019 recruiting class, two being Top 50 prospects, Florida was already off to a good start on the recruiting trail. Things got even better for Mike White’s program Tuesday night as Scottie Lewis, one of the top players in the Class of 2019, announced his commitment to Florida.
Lewis, who picked Florida over Kentucky, joins guards Tre’Shaun Mann and Alex Klatsky and power forward/center Omar Payne in Florida’s 2019 class to date. In Lewis, Florida has its “crown jewel” of the class, a highly athletic player who’s tough to stop off the dribble and also defends his position well.
The 6-foot-5 high school senior currently attends The Ranney School in New Jersey and played for the Team Rio grassroots program on the Under Armour Association circuit. Two of Lewis’ teammates and close friends at both the school and grassroots levels are the aforementioned Klatsky and Villanova commit Bryan Antoine.
Klatsky verbally committed to Florida September 11, just days after he and Lewis took their official visits to the school.
Florida does have some wings with eligibility remaining beyond the 2018-19 season in redshirt junior Keith Stone, sophomores DeAundre Ballard and Chase Johnson and freshman Keyontae Johnson. But with KeVaughn Allen and Jalen Hudson both entering their senior seasons Florida was in need of a high-level difference maker at the position, and in Scottie Lewis they’ve managed to add that caliber of player.