Could Florida's 2013 Basketball Recruits Rival the Gators' Class of 2004?

Doug Brodess@DougbrodessCorrespondent IJuly 23, 2012

Billy Donovan is at it again!

The Florida Gators men's basketball coach is pulling in a blow-your-mind recruiting class.

Last December, Donovan gained the commitment of 5-star PG Kasey Hill.

Earlier this spring, Donovan reeled in two elite-level transfers: 6'8", 192-lb Virginia Tech shooting forward Dorian Finney-Smith and 6'9", 226-lb South Carolina center Damontre Harris.

And now, this past weekend, Billy D signed 6'10", 210-lb 5-star PF Chris Walker.

In the 2011-12 season, Finney-Smith, a former 5-star recruit, led the Hokies in rebounding (7.0 rpg) and was selected as a member of the ACC All-Freshmen team.

Last year, Harris led the Gamecocks as a sophomore in rebounding (5.5 rpg) and blocks (2.3 bpg).

Hill is currently the No. 2 point guard in his class (2013). The book on him is that he can play either way (more playmaking or more scoring).

Walker consistently operates above the rim. Style-wise, he looks like he could become a cross between Chris Bosh and Anthony Davis.

With Walker's commitment, ESPN.com is elevating Florida to the current 2013 No. 1 recruiting class.

Could this be Donovan's best recruiting haul ever? Will he sign any more players in this class?

The Gators' gold-standard for now in terms of rating and performance is their recruiting Class of 2004.

The collection of talent that Donovan brought in consisted of the following players:

  • Joakim Noah
  • Al Horford
  • Corey Brewer
  • Taurean Green
  • Cornelius Ingram

This group, with three 4-star recruits (Noah, Horford and Brewer) was rated as 2004's No. 6 recruiting class.

You will remember that they won back-to-back NCAA Championships.

From a rating standpoint, the 2013 class may be ranked higher than 2004's class.

From a performance standpoint, the 2013 class will be instantly compared with the Class of 2004's accomplishments. We'll have to wait and see what they can do to measure up.

So, Gators fans' expectation bar has to be at an all-time high.

For many, unless they win at least one national championship, the Class of 2013 will be a disappointment. For some, if this group doesn't win at least two national championships, the conversation is over.

Stay tuned!

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