Feb 21, 2017; Gainesville, FL, USA; Florida Gators head coach Mike White (center) celebrates after a game against the South Carolina Gamecocks at Exactech Arena at the Stephen C. O'Connell Center. Florida Gators won 76-62. Mandatory Credit: Logan Bowles-USA TODAY Sports

Gator Basketball Lands 4-Star Prospect Michael Okauru

On Wednesday, it was announced that Florida was getting 6-foot-4, point guard Michael Okauru. He makes up the Gators’ top ten recruiting class along with Chase Johnson, Isaiah Stokes and DeAundrae Ballard.  They will each be coming to Gainesville at the beginning of Summer B at the end of June.

Okauru hails from Raleigh, North Carolina. He played his last season at Brewster Academy in Wolfeboro, New Hampshire where he led the team to a prep national title. Okauru is the No. 8 recruit out of the state of North Carolina.


Florida head coach Mike White believes Okauru will be a great fit for their program. This offseason, the Gators will lose senior point guard Kasey Hill who ranked second in the SEC in assists per game (4.6). Okauru is expected to be the back up for Chris Chiozza, who will more than likely take Hill’s place as the starting point guard.

The North Carolina native is ranked as a four-star prospect by ESPN and a three-star prospect by Rivals and 247sports. Okauru had offers from Georgia Tech, Clemson and North Carolina State before he ultimately chose Florida.

Other Changes

Along with the new class coming to play for Florida in the upcoming season, Virginia Tech transfer Jalen Hudson will also be able to play. Hudson sat out last season due to NCAA transfer rules.

On the same day that Okauru signed his letter of intent to play for Florida, it was also announced that freshman Eric Hester decided to transfer from Florida.

Gator fans are still waiting to find out whether Devin Robinson and John Egbunu will keep their names in the NBA Draft. They have until May 24 to decide whether to come back to school or not.

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