The college basketball season doesn’t tip off until early November, but that won’t stop the national media from making those wildly bold predictions merely based off what a team looks like on paper.

UF men’s basketball coach Mike White was thought to be a questionable hire by many when former athletic director Jeremy Foley handed him the job in May 2015.

First, coach Mike White and the Gators landed undergraduate transfer Anthony Duruji from Louisiana Tech. UF followed up by luring graduate transfer Virginia Tech forward Kerry Blackshear Jr. to Gainesville. 

The Gators men’s basketball team already had a top-10 class to look forward to this fall. On Friday, it made yet another huge addition.