The flood gates have opened.
One day after UCF basketball received a commitment from four-star PF Alex Owens, head coach Donnie Jones and the Knights received another big verbal pledge on Wednesday.
Corey Sanders, a 2015 four-star combo guard from IMG Academy, announced on twitter he's becoming a Knight.
"I feel like it's a good look for me," Sanders said in an interview with Knights247.com. "It's a great coaching staff...and coach [Donnie] Jones has been a part of two championships himself. I know he knows that it takes for us to get there with the right amount of players and the good players that we're bringing in.
"With the dedication we're going to put in, I feel that we're going to make history and we can contend for a national title there."
Sanders is rated as the No. 2 combo guard nationally, and picked the Knights over six other offers, including USF, Marquette and Memphis. He's the second verbal pledge to UCF's 2015 class is less than 24 hours, joining Owens, another top-100 prospect.
Sanders first came in contact with UCF last year, and visited their team camp in July. He was offered, and kept in contact with assistant coach Darren Tillis, who sold him on building the program.
He'll visit on Sept. 28 for the South Carolina game. Orlando Christian Prep four-star 2014 shooting guard Adonys Henriquez is expected to attend as well.
The 6-1, 170-pounder is originally from Lakeland, and transferred to IMG Academy from Mckeel Academy this off-season. He is teaming up with AAU teammate Dwayne Bacon, also a UCF target for 2015.
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"IMG is a better school for me to try and improve my game," Sanders said. "There's better players around, and Dwayne was coming, and we both wanted to improve...taking that step closer to college because the atmosphere around here is like college."
Sanders said he'll try to get Bacon to team up with him and Owens in Orlando.
"Yeah, I'm going to try to get him to come, but he has his own path that he's going to take," Sanders said. "If it's not at UCF, I'll support him either way."
Sanders plays for the same travel team as Shane Larkin, the former Miami Hurricanes star who was drafted by the Dallas Mavericks.
Owens tweeted at his new teammate, welcoming him to the Knights. The two are close, and talked on the phone last night after Owens' commitment.
"We talked about what can happen if we take our talents to [UCF] and what we can open up for Florida. UCF hasn't been known for basketball like that, so come try to make history and work hard to compete for a championship. That's really the conversation."
If both sign, UCF's 2015 class will go down as its best in program history. Sanders is excited to help UCF compete in the American Athletic Conference.
"We're going to play good teams," he said. "I feel like if we beat them, people will start seeing we're not the same team that was there before. We will be a really good team."
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