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Florida basketball coach Mike White landed his first commitment in the 2022 recruiting class on Wednesday, and it was a big one. Four-star Montverde Academy power forward Malik Reneau, the No. 43 player in the country and No. 6 power forward according to the 247Sports Composite, announced his commitment on Twitter.
Reneau chose the Gators over offers from the likes of Florida State, Arkansas and Indiana. Here’s what 247Sports recruiting analyst Brandon Jenkins had to say in his scouting breakdown of Reneau.
Reneau is a southpaw four man with a solid build, great hands, and an equally impressive feel for the game. He is a team-oriented player who compliments those around him with his activity on the glass, inside scoring, and passing from the high to low posts. He is a decent vertical athlete who can make the occasional wow play but for the most part Reneau is all business and fundementals on the hardwood. With his great basketball IQ and ability to do whatever is needed for his team, Reneau tracks well as a high major all-purpose asset.
Though the guard play at UF under White has always been solid, from Kasey Hill to Chris Chiozza to Tre Mann, the team has struggled to find similarly impactful players in the frontcourt. When center Colin Castleton transferred in from Michigan this year, it revitalized the team’s play in the paint, both offensively and defensively.
As a strong rebounder with good inside scoring ability, Reneau is a very nice pickup for the Gators, and White will hope he’s the first cog in a stronger class than last year’s, which ranked just 78th in the nation after only signing one ranked recruit in Kowacie Reeves.
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