NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 25: Dorian Finney-Smith #15 of the Virginia Tech Hokies drives the ball against Jean-Paul Olukemi #0 of the Oklahoma State Cowboys at the 2011 Dick's Sporting Goods NIT Season Tip-Off at Madison Square Garden on November 25, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)
Dorian Finney-Smith, one of the most highly sought-after transfers in the country, will be taking his game from Virginia Tech to Florida.
A 6'8 power forward, Finney-Smith earned All-ACC Freshman honors in 2011-12 after posting averages of 6.3 points and 7.0 rebounds. He announced he was leaving Blacksburg shortly after Virginia Tech fired head coach Seth Greenberg. The former consensus top 30 recruit took visits to Louisville, Iowa State and Memphis before making his decision.
Andy Hutchins of the Florida site Alligator Army believes the transfer of Finney-Smith is a monster addition to an already loaded group of incoming players for 2012-13.
Even though Florida (and, by extension, Billy Donovan) missed on a few big-name big men in the 2012 recruiting cycle - Tony Parker, Anthony Bennett, Kyle Anderson is sort of big, etc. - the talent that the Gators will have in the practice facility in 2012-13 is going to be very good and very deep, and should help provide Patric Young, Erik Murphy, and Will Yeguete big bodies to bang against in the paint.
But the really exciting thing about having Finney-Smith - and Harris - in the fold for 2013? That 2013 class, which already includes Kasey Hill and may very well add Chris Walker, could be the Gators' greatest of all-time ... on paper or Rivals.
The addition of Finney-Smith, who must sit out the 2012-13 season per NCAA transfer rules, puts Florida at 14 scholarship players, one above the maximum allotment of 13.