Georgia basketball gets commitment from 7-foot JUCO center

The pain Georgia felt from losing Milton power forward Julian Royal to Georgia Tech was eased somewhat over the weekend as the Bulldogs landed a commitment from a 7-foot junior college center.

John Florveus, a 7-foot, 220-pound center from Hillsborough Community College in Tampa committed to Georgia after taking an official visit to the school over the weekend. The sophomore will have two years of eligibility remaining when he enrolls at UGA next summer.

“I felt like it was the best situation for me to develop and grow and come in and be part of a winning program,” said Florveus, who chose the Bulldogs over Washington State, Marshall, UTEP and Iowa State. “I liked everything about the school and the program and I’m excited to be a part of it.”

Florveus said he finished his freshman season averaging 8 points, 4.5 rebounds and 2.7 blocks per game at Hillsborough. The Hawks were Suncoast Conference champions.

“It went all right,” Florveus said of his first season. “It was a learning year for me. Once I got used to things, the speed of the game, I had a pretty good year.”

Hillsborough coach Byron Samuels thinks the Bulldogs struck gold.

“He’s a little bit of a late bloomer, but that doesn’t mean he’s a project,” Samuels said. “He only played two years in high school. He’s 6-11 or 7 feet and he runs the floor like a guard. He blocks, rebounds and is learning how to score. And he’s just an unbelievable kid. He’s a 3.2 student and has taken all the right classes. Everbody here loves him.”

Florveus said he called head coach Mark Fox on Sunday night to commit. That was after spending the weekend in Athens. He said he attended the Georgia football game on Saturday, watched the basketball team practice and hung out with the Bulldogs’ players on the two-day visit.

“I just felt like I fit in really well,” Florveus said.

Florveus is the third member of Georgia’s 2011 class. He joins three-star center Tim Dixon of Oldsmar, Fla., and five-star wing Kentavious Caldwell of Greenville, Ga.

Florveus is originally from Miami where he played varsity basketball for the first time as a junior. He transferred  to Dunbar High in Fort Myers as a senior. Without any strong Division I basketball offers, Florveus decided to accept a scholarship offer to Hillsborough.

42 comments Add your comment

Matthews Dawg

October 18th, 2010
5:35 pm


October 18th, 2010
5:37 pm

Excellent – Coach Fox will work wonders with him!

Matthews Dawg

October 18th, 2010
5:38 pm

Great to get a big man! Dawgs are looking stronger in basketball. Go Dawgs!

Davey Boy Smith

October 18th, 2010
5:41 pm

It will be fun to watch the development of this kid, who most will call a marginal talent, over the next couple of years, while Julian Royal will remain the exact same guy 3 years from now that he is today, or in the case of guys like Peacock, will steadily see his game erode as long as Hewitt is the coach there.


October 18th, 2010
5:47 pm

Well at 7 ft and 220 lbs, I wouldn’t call him a big man. Hope he eats a lot of twinkies between now and this enrollment at UGA. But if Mark Fox thinks he has what it takes, then count me in.


October 18th, 2010
6:16 pm

Twinkie? I’m thinking pork chops, ribs, mashed taters, cornbread, etc. He may not be much his first season, but I bet he makes a difference in year two.

Johnny 5

October 18th, 2010
6:27 pm

Ahhh, thats more like UGA bball… JUCO from Tampa communtiy… Enjoy being irrelavent.


October 18th, 2010
6:33 pm

If a 7 footer can get 4.5 rebounds a game against community college competition, he must be good. When he faces SEC competition, he should get up to 12-13 rebounds a game. At least he should help out with graduation rates and stay out of jail.


October 18th, 2010
7:01 pm

Hey Johnny5…did you not know about the Caldwell kid? You know…the 5*, #4 at his position (SG) recruit that “irrelavent” UGA is getting? No? Didn’t think so. A typical Tech fan. Talk much smack without knowing squat…

Tech is lamer than lame

October 18th, 2010
7:04 pm

Mark Fox is a heck of a recruiter!!!


October 18th, 2010
7:06 pm

Awesome. You are going to love playing for Mark Fox. He is a good guy and an intelligent coach.

South GA Dawg

October 18th, 2010
7:16 pm

Sounds good to me. Hoop Dawgs on the rise!!!!


October 18th, 2010
7:25 pm

Just having the option of putting a 7 footer on the floor makes a big difference. His presence can change the tone of the game if used at the right times and I have every reason to believe coach Fox will use him to the upmost effectiveness.


October 18th, 2010
7:43 pm

Techies just can’t stand the success UGA has in any sport. I see no reason short of injuries that will prevent us from spanking them again in both football and basketball. Simply put – more of the same.


October 18th, 2010
7:51 pm

Good for Ga and the kid. I’m a Tech fan, but like to see Ga get better in BB. Fox will be good for Georgia for a long time. This kid is a good pickup.


October 18th, 2010
7:52 pm

Fox will take about two years to mold him in to a player but he will get the best coaching around – certainly better than Royal will get from Hewitt.

Army of the Gators

October 18th, 2010
8:04 pm

He better add weight and muscle and be physical or he’ll get bounced.

Army of the Gators

October 18th, 2010
8:05 pm

Hope he turns out for the Dogs in the long run…all the best.


October 18th, 2010
8:22 pm

Doesn’t GA beat Ga Tech a good bit in Basketball & Football?


October 18th, 2010
8:41 pm

The difference is Mark Fox will coach him up and actual make him a better player than when he started out. Can’t say the same about Coach Hewitt and his prized recruit.

Beel Davey

October 18th, 2010
9:19 pm

Yeah this kid will make an impact…look at all the powerhouses UGA beat out for him. LOL

I knew Dennis Felton never left. LOL


October 18th, 2010
10:19 pm

Mark Fox needs to actually win some games, finish with a winning record, win the SEC, or just make the big dance before he is declared the next great THUGA coach. Correction, the only succesful coach in THUGA history. THUGA BB what a joke. I hate to poop on the dawg party but THUGA BB has not yet risen and is still pretty dead.

Paul in RDU

October 18th, 2010
10:48 pm

sandyspringsjacket – Hugh Durham was a successful coach for UGA – even took them to the Final Four the year after the best player in UGA history departed for the NBA

German Shepherd Dawg

October 18th, 2010
11:28 pm

Johnny 5,

Dude, two words: spell check.

Two of only thirteen is rather pitiful. Community, okay, you just transposed the letters.

But what the heck happened with irrelevant?

By the way, my UGA degree was very relevant in regard to the use of proper English and the absence of typographical errors in this post.

Go Dawgs! Sic Em! Woof woof woof!

German Shepherd Dawg

October 18th, 2010
11:29 pm


FYI…when you have to LOL in your post, no one is laughing with you.

German Shepherd Dawg

October 18th, 2010
11:29 pm

,,,because you’re jokes just aren’t very funny.

German Shepherd Dawg

October 18th, 2010
11:32 pm

Ron asks a relevant question.

The correct answer would be, more so in football than basketball. Dennis Felton managed to beat Tech and lose his job because he couldn’t beat anybody else. But I believe Tech might lead the overall bball series. For now.

I do like the style of play under Mark Fox. Let’’s see how well he coaches his own recruits.


October 19th, 2010
5:41 am

Our men’s basketball program is ahead of our football program.


October 19th, 2010
7:35 am

Ugag basketball,… that’s funny.



October 19th, 2010
7:46 am

Can he play WR? “Fade pass to Florveus in the corner…Touchdown!”

juco johnnie

October 19th, 2010
8:01 am

Thats one way to patch up a so so recruiting year for Mr Fox. Temporary smoke and mirrors wont work in the SEC though. How is Perno doing in baseball recruiting after the big flop last year. Will these coaches keep UGA “in the hunt ” as bottom feeders of the SEC?

nerds are funny

October 19th, 2010
8:49 am

I think techies are living in a glass house. Why would they come on here to talk smack about our BB program that is in a uptick and their program has so many questions and uncertainty? Jealousy is the only answer I can come up with, that and stupid.


October 19th, 2010
9:03 am

Sounds like a diamond in the rough. Fox will make him better, too.

I look for Thompkins and Leslie to make huge jumps after a year with Fox. Unfortunately, they will both head to the NBA, but it’s gonna be fun to watch them this season.

Just me

October 19th, 2010
9:12 am

I’m guessing no one on this blog has ever seen the kid play.


October 19th, 2010
9:24 am

Should be a good pickup for the Dawgs. Not many 7-footers out there…with some coaching and weights he could be a presence under the basket.



October 19th, 2010
9:26 am

Something tells me this flagpole won’t enjoy 6-8 275 pound power forwards running directly at him on fast breaks in the SEC. Different world from JUCO kid. Good luck.

Patriot Power

October 19th, 2010
11:00 am

Don’t forget about Nick Marshall on the court too.


October 19th, 2010
3:50 pm


Thompkins and Leslie will dunk on the nerds all night long again this year.

Get used to it.

Fox > Blewitt

David Granger

October 19th, 2010
4:33 pm

I sent John Florveus a “looking forward to seeing you at UGA next year” message on Facebook, and got a very nice note from him in return. Seems like a very classy, likeable young man. Going to be fun watching him and Tim Dixon in the frontcourt next season.


October 19th, 2010
4:33 pm

Congrats to the Dogs on this commit. 7 foot, 200 lb Center who had offers from Canisius, Duquesne and UTEP. Fox is on a roll.


October 19th, 2010
6:08 pm

I’m sure he will take UGa to the promised land, since UGa thrives on the concept of “bigger is better” (bigger stadium, higher-ranked recruits, ouder crowd, louder underwear). They still think Goliath whupped up on David.

NBA Tickets

October 24th, 2010
5:12 am

His presence can change the tone of the game if used at the right times and I have every reason to believe coach Fox will use him to the upmost effectiveness