Florida Basketball Recruiting: Gators receive commitment from Noah Locke

In News by Blake Lovell

For the second straight day, Florida head coach Mike White has received a verbal commitment from a top talent in the 2018 class.

A day after landing 4-star point guard Andrew Nembhard, the Gators have received a commitment from 4-star shooting guard Noah Locke.

The 6-2 Maryland native made things official via Twitter.

Locke is rated as the No. 64 overall prospect in ESPN’s Top 100 for the 2018 class.

He chose Florida over Michigan, Ohio State, Providence, and Xavier.

Lovell’s Analysis

It’s been a tremendous two days for Florida basketball recruiting.

White will now have the opportunity to combine a top-level playmaker in Nembhard with an elite shooter in Locke.

That’s not a bad combination to have in the backcourt.

It also furthers the point that I made yesterday regarding some people’s belief that White couldn’t attract big-time talent to Gainesville.

These two are proof that he has what it takes to do just that.

But let’s take that a step further and realize what he’s done since taking over as head coach two years ago:

  • 48 total wins
  • Elite Eight appearance
  • SEC Coach of the Year in ’16-17

And let’s remember that he had the tall order of following in the footsteps of Billy Donovan.

You know, the guy who won back-to-back national championships during his tenure there.

Of course, Florida will once again have a Top 10-quality team this season with the backcourt duo of Chris Chiozza and KeVaughn Allen leading the way.

And now, the backcourt of the future should be in place with Nembhard and Locke committing to the Gators.

Blake Lovell is the founder of Southeast Hoops. He hosts the Marching to Madness podcast, which features interviews with coaches around the country. He also hosts a weekly college basketball show on WNSR 560AM/95.9 FM in Nashville. His work has been featured in The New York Times, Athlon Sports, Rivals, FanRag Sports, and many more.