It’s never too late to add talented players to your roster and that’s exactly what Florida Gators basketball coach Michael White did on Monday night when he landed a JUCO prospect.
Forward Justin Leon (6-7, 200, Shawnee Community College) tweeted out his commitment to Florida after he was released from his letter of intent from Louisiana Tech, where he signed with White previously.
“After reviewing my options I have decided to go to Gainesville, Florida and join the Gators,” Leon tweeted.
When White and his coaching staff left Louisiana Tech, Leon was heartbroken about the decision and immediately asked for his release and that was when the Gators reached out to him.
“When I got release, I got a call from coach [Dusty] May asking if I had interest in Florida,” Leon said. “I said yes because when they were recruiting me at Louisiana Tech I just had a strong connection with all of the staff.”
Leon had been debating his decision for the past few days but when he finally made the call to Florida he received a warm reception and a message from coach White.
“They were all happy that I chose to be a Gator,” Leon said. “They are very excited to have me on the team and they love my running motor and my versatility. They told me that they feel I will add some power to the Gators roster.
When Leon arrives on campus at Florida this summer he will have two years of eligibility left but he hopes that his 21.5 points-per-game and 10 rebounds per game will carry over from JUCO to Gainesville.
After Leon joins the roster Florida will still have one more scholarship available for 2015-2016 but at this time it doesn’t look like the Gators will be adding any more players to the roster.