Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Tyus Returning to Florida; Recruiting News

Just a week and a half after announcing that he would be leaving Florida and transferring, sophomore forward Alex Tyus has changed his mind and will return to the Gators. "The University of Florida is where I want to be," Tyus said in a statement. "I truly feel this is the best place for me to continue to grow and improve and I look forward to this upcoming season." Tyus met with head coach Billy Donovan last Thursday night to discuss his change of heart, and the meeting went well. "It's great to know that his heart is here at the University of Florida," Donovan said in the statement. "I know he will work hard." Tyus averaged 12.5 points and 6.2 rebounds per game this past season.

Notre Dame Picks Up Recruit

2010 point guard Eric Atkins has decided to verbally commit to Notre Dame, just days after visiting the South Bend campus. "He was going out for his second visit there just to get a better feel of the school and campus and players and coaching staff," said Zach Suber, Atkins' AAU coach on the DC Assault. "The first time he went out was for a quick trip, basically watching a basketball game. He was pretty excited about going out to Notre Dame this time." Atkins was the Baltimore Catholic League Player of the Year this past season, and chose the Fighting Irish over Massachusetts, Virginia, Virginia Tech, Vanderbilt, VCU, Indiana and Ohio State.

Painter Down to Two?

Former Florida signee DeShawn Painter, who decommitted from the Gators earlier this month, could be close to making a decision. Norm Wood of the Daily Press (Va.) reports that Painter's two finalists are Virginia Tech and Maryland. Painter is one of the top unsigned players left in the 2009 class.

Mark Fox Gets First UGA Recruit

As reported by Rivals.com, point guard Vincent Williams has announced his commitment to Georgia. "I like the academics and the coaching staff," Williams said. "I feel comfortable going there. I think they can make me a better player and a better person." The 6-1 Williams is the first recruit at Georgia for new Bulldogs head coach Mark Fox. The Florida native chose Georgia over UAB, VCU, TCU, Winthrop and Wichita State.

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