By: Brandon Clay
The future of the Florida women’s program has been headed in the right direction as of late. The Gators made it to the second round of the NCAA Tournament last March before losing to the eventual champion, Baylor. Coach Amanda Butler has had three 20-win seasons in her first five years on the job while consistently recruiting top 100 talent to Gainesville.
On Friday afternoon, No. 13 Ronni Williams of Daytona Beach, Fla., the best essay writing company decided to join the upward movement in “The Swamp”. Williams, a 6-2 combo forward, becomes the only player in the class to date for Butler and her staff. That said, picking up their first consensus top-15 caliber recruit is plenty of reason for the Gator Nation faithful to be excited about the class.
The Gators only have one senior, Jennifer George, on their 12-player 2012-13 roster but replacing the All-SEC player will be a formidable task. Williams will be counted on the help soldier George’s production load. Her versatility will give Florida a player who can defend four positions on the floor and play three on the offensive end of the hardwood as well.
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Coupling Williams with top 50 recruits from the class of 2012 in Chandler Cooper, a 5-11 shooting guard, and Sydney Moss, a 5-11 forward, makes Florida extremely long at the swing positions. Add 5-11 guard Kayla Lewis, who was also a top 50 recruit in the 2010 class, but will have two years of eligibility once Williams arrives after redshirting last season due to a stress fracture.
All four of their skill sets are diverse enough to play at least three of them at a time giving the Gators a shooter, slasher and a quick power forward on the floor together. Williams is the key piece to the puzzle as her slashing and order a custom paper ball handling at the small forward spot will open the game up for Cooper to get free looks, similar to what the Gators have done in Butler’s relatively short tenure with Jordan Jones and Steffi Sorensen. It will also allow Florida to put Cooper and Lewis on the floor together for long stretches, with Williams at the power forward position, using her length and activity to wreck havoc on opposing offenses.
Regardless of how the coaching staff chooses to deploy their newest weapon, there is no doubt that Williams addition helps ensure that Florida remains a bonafide threat in a loaded Southeastern Conference. With the early signing period closing in, it doesn’t science vs religion essay appear that Florida will add another piece to the class early but landing an in-state player of Williams talent is always reason to celebrate.
Brandon Clay is the publisher of the JumpOffPlus.com and the owner of Peach State Basketball, Inc. The service is picked up by more than 200 colleges and universities nationwide. He serves as the Executive Camp Director for the EBA All-American, Fab Five and Super 64 Camps. In addition, he serves as a national recruiting analyst for ESPNHoopgurlz and a contributor to SLAM Magazine. Clay has been involved in the community since 2001 as an evaluator, event operator and trainer. You can reach him at BrandonClay@PeachStateBasketball.com