Chaminade Prep in St. Louis, Missouri (home of current Warriors PF David Lee who also played for Billy D at Florida) Shooting Guard Bradley Beal signed with the gators in the fall of 2010. He was Donovan and Florida's Target for awhile as they were also hoping Winter Park, Florida HS Combo Guard Austin Rivers was also going to sign with he Gators.
Rivers re-opened his recruiting after his Junior Season after committing to Billy D and the Gators in his Sophomore Season. One of the reasons was that his Older Sister Callie Rivers was a Volleyball Player at the University of Florida and the Gators were a National and SEC Powerhouse that Donovan built up on the Hardwood.
When you look at the Roster the Gators had in the 2011-12 Season it would have been hard to imagine that both Rivers and Beal would have played for the Gators as they also have Home State Star Kenny Boynton who was a 2009 Big Mac in his own right. Couple that with NYC's Ervin Walker and Rutgers Transfer and 2008 Big Mac Point Guard Mike Rosario (St. Anthony's NJ) was also on the Roster getting limited minutes in the 2011-12 season.
Imagine a 3-Guard Set with Rivers, Beal, and Boyton to go with Monster PF Patric Young (Jacksonville, Florida Providence HS and a 2010 Big Mac) in the paint. That Kentucky-Florida SEC Game would have taken on a whole new meaning.
Now both Beal and rivers are at it again this time in the 2012 NBA Draft where it looks like Beal will definitely go ahead of Rivers as both are projected Lottery picks.
What a Headline in the Swamp in 2012 after a possible National Championship....both Beal and Rivers to enter Draft after getting Billy Ball #3.