Donovan re-loads with backcourt duo

Brandone Francis

Things are looking good in Gainsville for a long time to come on the basketball floor and a huge reason is he solid backcourt that Billy Donovan and his staff have put together.

It never seems that the Florida Gators and Head Coach Billy Donovan have a shortage of firepower on the perimeter. Donovan is known as a guard friendly coach, and again in the 2014 class the commitments are piling up. The most recent from four-star guard Brandone Francis.

The Jacksonville (Fla.) Arlington Country Day shooting guard now joins four-star point guard Chris Chiozza in the Gators backcourt. Chiozza checks in as the No. 39 player in Scout.com's most recently rankings while Francis is No. 45. The duo gives Donovan a lot of options.

Even if you take super freshman Kasey Hill out of the equation for the 2014-15 season, things are still looking good for the Gators and Donovan in the backcourt. Florida will almost certainly have the services of then junior Michael Frazier as well as Rutgers transfer Eli Carter. Those two combined with the pair of commitments will give the Gators a lot of versatility in the backcourt and allow them to match up to almost any lineup a team can throw at them.

Francis and Chiozza are a great pair together on the court. Francis is a pure and simple scorer. While he isn't an elite shooter, he can make shots, especially in the mid-range, and has the size, strength, and athleticism to guard virtually any player who plays in the backcourt.

By contrast Chiozza is a playmaking point guard. He prefers to get others involved as opposed to scoring on his own, and loves to get out and run. Also Chiozza, at a generous 5-foot-10, can be limited who in who guards on the defensive end, and with Francis' versatility that takes away at least one concern with Chiozza's size.

Also what is so good about these two being paired together is both are at their best in transition. Chiozza is absolutely dynamic when on the break, he gets to the rim and finishes with explosion and toughness, and at the same time he sees the floor well and makes the right pass. Francis is so physical and strong that he searches for contact and is great and getting and one opportunities.

Beyond that, Francis is a smart player with a good IQ who can also really pass the ball, though he doesn't have the mindset of a true point guard, so he is best at doing that from the wing.

Also when you combine those two with Frazier and Carter who are pure scorers, and you have two kids who can really pass combined with two who can really score, all of which do something a little bit different on the offensive end, and are versatile enough to fit together on defense.

Now Florida is going to focus their efforts on shoring up the frontcourt, but one thing is for sure, Donovan and his staff have loaded up in the backcourt and both Chiozza and Francis have a chance to be excellent very early on in their college careers.

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