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Troy Baxter is one of the most intriguing wing athletes in the Class of 2016. The 6-foot-9 native of Florida opted to end his recruitment on Friday as he committed to South Florida.
Baxter picked the Bulls over his other finalists of Arizona State, Arkansas, Connecticut, Kansas State, Murray State Temple, Texas Tech and USC.
Playing with Team Breakdown in the Under Armour Association this spring, Baxter has shown elite athleticism to go along with the potential to be an outstanding jack-of-all-trades defender. The native of Gainesville is still developing his game on the offensive side of the ball, but Baxter still finds himself as a three-star prospect and the No. 127 overall player in the 2016 class in Rivals‘ rankings.
Baxter is only averaging 8 points per game in eight contests in the Under Armour Association this spring, but he is more prospect than player at this stage in his development. Baxter is also shooting 53 percent from the field and averages a little more than one steal per game on the defensive end.
Baxter is South Florida’s first commitment in the 2016 class and head coach Orlando Antigua did a great job of making him a priority recruit. Continue Reading by Clicking Here
Grade: 4-Star, 80
Position (PF): #24
Regional Rank: #35
FL Rank: #10
Baxter is a long and very athletic forward with great explosiveness. He excels in transition where he plays above the rim with flare. He runs the floor extremely well and is very active and aggressive especially on the offensive end of the floor. Baxter can make open shots with range to the arc he also can make shots while catching on the move and with short straight line drives. Baxter rebounds with length in and out of his area and is a good shot blocker on the ball or coming from the weak side. Baxter length and athleticism allow him to be a capable multiple position defender as well.
Baxter will have to continue to add strength and work on his ball handling under intense pressure and his on ball defense all in which he is very capable of improving upon.
Baxter is a long athletic shot maker, rebounder and shot blocker. He length and explosiveness put him in position to be a high major combination forward although at this time he is more of a power forward with face up range to the arc. Improved ball handling is the key for Baxter to become a full time small forward. Baxter has tremendous upside.’
Comp: 3-Star, 90.47; 247: 3-Star, 89
National: #155 (Comp), #128 (247)
Position (PF): #34 (Comp), #30 (247)
FL Rank: #11 (Comp), #10 (247)
South PF: #7
FL PF Rank: #5
‘Baxter is a first-rate athlete who leaps explosively off one foot and races end to end at admirable speed. He also boasts outstanding length and is a highly versatile 6-9 defender who projects as a specialist guarding modern, face-up big men. He needs to get stronger and improve his skill level but plays within himself and is a gifted finisher.’