JUCO Forward Justin Leon Commits to Florida


Junior college forward Justin Leon has committed to the University of Florida, giving new head coach Michael White the first commit of his tenure. Leon, 6'8", 200 pounds, was rated a three star recruit in high school according to Rivals. Previously a Louisiana Tech signee, Leon has spent the past two seasons at Shawnee Community College. 


Florida Gator fans grew accustomed to passing on junior college recruits with Billy Donovan at the helm, but new head coach Michael White going after Arkansas native and junior college transfer Justin Leon makes perfect sense. The Gators had open scholarships left for the upcoming season, and it won't hurt to use one of those free spots on a potentially useful front court player who will provide much needed depth. The left-handed combo forward has excellent bounce and athleticism which he uses to finish above the rim regularly. He has soft touch around the rim, and he has a nice stroke that enables him to stretch the floor — an increasingly valuable skill for a big man to possess. Although Leon wasn't a highly-coveted prospect, he dominated the junior college ranks, averaging 21.5 points and 10.0 points a game during the 2014-15 season. He might end up not bringing much of anything to Florida aside from a warm body to fill out the squad, but his tools and stats he flashed at the junior college level are impressive and give hope. 

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Justin Leon via twitter