Florida Signs Four Prospects to NLI's

    
November 8th, 2006

GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- The University of Florida men's basketball program took a step towards solidifying its future on Wednesday, as four players signed national letters of intent to join the Gators next fall, head coach Billy Donovan announced. Three of the four signees came from within the state of Florida.

Florida received letters of intent from a pair of standouts from Lake Howell High School in Winter Park, Fla., as 6-6 guard/forward Nick Calathes and 6-8 forward Chandler Parsons both signed with the Gators.

Calathes averaged 26.9 points, 6.7 rebounds and 4.3 assists per game en route to being named Florida's Mr. Basketball in 2006. Parsons averaged a double-double a year ago, scoring 20.0 points per game and pulling down 10.0 boards, and drew attention this summer when he was named MVP of the Nike Peach Jam Tournament after averaging 25.9 points per game at the event.

"Nick and Chandler are extremely talented players, who both come from a very sound program and are both very well coached," said Donovan. "Nick has tremendous all-around skills, he can score, passes the ball extremely well and makes people around him better, while Chandler is a great addition to the frontcourt, can play a couple of different positions, has the ability to step out and hit shots, and is extremely versatile."

Another in-state product, Adam Allen, a 6-7 forward from Milton High School signed with the Gators. Allen averaged a double-double a year ago, scoring 20.9 points and adding 10.1 rebounds per game. Allen can step back and knock down shots from the perimeter as well and hit 38.0 percent from three-point range while helping Milton to a 27-6 mark last season.

"Adam comes from a great basketball background, as his father was an extremely talented player at both Florida State and in the NBA and overseas," added Donovan. "He's a solid swingman, has a great feel for the game, gets up and down the floor well and can knock down shots from the perimeter."

Alex Tyus, a 6-8 forward from Hazelwood, Mo., completes the Gators' signing class. While being a native of Missouri, Tyus actually attends Harmony Christian in Cincinnati where he averaged 18.0 points and 9.0 rebounds a year ago. Tyus played on the AAU level for the St. Louis Eagles, the same AAU team that former Gator standout and current New York Knick David Lee played for.

"Alex has tremendous athletic ability and is a player we truly feel will be a great addition to our frontcourt next year," said Donovan.