Florida continued to tap into a new recruiting pipeline as the Gators landed Class of 2016 power forward Dontay Bassett.
The 6-foot-9 Bassett picked Florida over his other finalist of Colorado after taking official visits to both programs during the recruiting process. Bassett is a high school teammate of Florida’s other Class of 2016 prospect, four-star guard Eric Hester, at Oldsmar Christian in Florida. A native of California, a knee injury kept Bassett out of play this July, but he drew solid reviews from high-major coaches as a prospect because of his rebounding and ability to step out and hit the mid-range jumper.
Regarded as a three-star prospect, Bassett’s motor and athleticism should fit what head coach Mike White is looking for in his system.
Another prospect in the Class of 2016 has narrowed down his recruiting focus, with 6-foot-8 power forward Dontay Bassett announcing Friday morning that he’s trimmed his list to five schools. Bassett, a native of Oakland who attends Oldsmar Christian School in Florida, is now considering Arkansas, Colorado, Florida, Nebraska and Oregon State.
Bassett announced the news by way of his Twitter account, stating that there was no particular order to his list.
Bassett is scheduled to officially visit Oregon State this weekend, with Wayne Tinkle’s program getting the forward’s first visit. The Beavers have a mixture of underclassmen and veterans in their current front court rotation, and that includes three seniors in Jarmal Reid, Olaf Schaftenaar and Daniel Gomis.
Fellow Pac-12 program Colorado also has multiple upperclassmen in its front court rotation, including seniors Xavier Johnson and Josh Scott. But unlike Oregon State, Colorado did not bring in a freshman front court player in its 2015 recruiting class and they’ve yet to land on in the 2016 class.
Arkansas, which is lacking in front court depth this season, suffered a blow when former 2015 signee Ted Kapita wasn’t cleared academically and eventually landed with the Las Vegas Dealers semipro franchise. The Razorbacks have just one scholarship underclassman in their front court in redshirt freshman Trey Thompson. Florida also has a need for front court depth, but they’ve got some young players in USF transfer John Egbunu and freshmen Keith Stone and Kevarrius Hayes.
As for Nebraska, the Huskers have a young front court with sophomore Jacob Hammond being their most experienced option at present time. Head coach Tim Miles also has a trio of freshmen in Jack McVeigh, Ed Morrow and Michael Jacobson competing for minutes in this year’s rotation.