Locke explains decision to sign with Florida Gators basketball

Wednesday was the first day for basketball prospects around the country to sign early with a university and the Florida Gators basketball program had two commits sign on Wednesday.

One of those was guard Noah Locke (6-2, 160, Owings Mills, MD. McDonogh School) who signed on Wednesday but will have a ceremony later on in the week with his mother is able to be present.

Locke who committed to Florida in October broke down the feeling he had when he signed with the Gators on Wednesday.

“It feels wonderful to sign with Florida,” Locke said. “It’s such a huge accomplishment in my life. It makes me feel that I’m a step closer to my ultimate goal (NBA), which is really exciting.”

The shooting guard had over 30 offers from schools around the country but choose Florida after an official visit said that the Gators gave him the best chance to improve both on and off the court.

“I picked Florida because I felt that it was the best route for me to take to achieve the goals that I have,” he said on why Florida was the school for him. “It was the best place for me to grow as a man and player on the floor.”

When Locke visited Florida earlier this year, the guard was able to see what the campus and university had to offer and that was something that weighed in on the decision for Locke to play for the Gators.

“I felt that Florida has had a great tradition,” Locke said of Florida. “I felt like I can come in and be one of the best to ever come out of Florida. Overall I just felt a great vibe from everyone and everything throughout the school which made it much easier for me to choose Florida.”

Joining Locke as signees in the 2018 class for Florida is point guard Andrew Nembhard who reclassified from the 2019 class earlier this year.

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Andrew Spivey
Andrew always knew he wanted to be involved with sports in some capacity. He began by coaching high school football for six years before deciding to pursue a career in journalism. While coaching, he was a part of two state semifinal teams in the state of Alabama. Given his past coaching experience, he figured covering recruiting would be a perfect fit. He began his career as an intern for Rivals.com, covering University of Florida football recruiting. After interning with Rivals for six months, he joined the Gator Country family as a recruiting analyst. Andrew enjoys spending his free time on the golf course and watching his beloved Atlanta Braves. Follow him on Twitter at @AndrewSpiveyGC.