Florida basketball coach Billy Donovan has once again gone into Tennessee to land a versatile small forward. Donovan is hoping four-star prospect Casey Prather can be his next Corey Brewer.
"Coach Donovan likes Casey's athleticism, quickness and on-the-ball defense," Prather's father, Jeff Reid, told Rivals.com. "He wants to use him like Corey Brewer. He likes how he can do a lot of things well like rebound, start the break and bring overall speed to the game."
Florida had some stiff recruiting competition from Michigan, but Prather's heart had been with the Gators through the latter stages of the process. In a face-to-face meeting with Donovan on Tuesday night, Prather made his commitment official.
"Casey met with [Donovan] last night and made the commitment," Reid said. "Casey is so happy about it. He has always loved Florida. I think his mind was made up for a minute, but he wanted to carefully go through the process to make 100 percent sure. He is so confident in his decision, which really makes me feel good about everything."
Prather, a 6-foot-5, 189-pounder from Jackson (Tenn.) North Side High School, is the No. 64-ranked prospect in the Rivals150. He joins highly ranked four-star post prospect Patric Young in the 2010 Florida recruiting class. Both prospects bring a level of toughness and athleticism that will greatly benefit Florida.
Casey Prather scouting report:
A strong athlete, Prather specializes at slashing to the basket and finishing at the rim. He is also dangerous in the open court both as a handler and finisher. Having spent most of his career as a low post player, Prather is in the process of extending his range as his jump shot continues to improve. On the other side of the ball, Prather is a versatile defender who more than adequately rebounds his position.