Malik Reneau, five-star basketball recruit, decommits from Florida and reopens recruitment

Five-star senior Malik Reneau announced Tuesday that he has decommitted from Florida and plans to reopen his recruitment.

Reneau originally committed to the Gators in September, choosing them over a final four that also included Memphis, Miami and Florida State. At the time, he was Florida's and coach Mike White's highest-ranked recruit since 2019.

But White left earlier this month for the head-coaching vacancy at Georgia, replacing Tom Crean. The Gators ultimately hired San Francisco's Todd Golden, who officially arrived in Gainesville this week.

"First and foremost I want to thank the community of #GatorNation for all the love and support they have given me," Reneau told On3. "With everything that has transpired at the University of Florida, I have decided to reopen my recruitment."

A 6-foot-8 frontcourt prospect from Montverde Academy (Florida), Reneau is ranked No. 21 in the ESPN 100 for the 2022 class and is the No. 5 center in the class.

Reneau enjoyed a breakout summer playing for the Nightrydas Elite grassroots program on the Nike EYBL circuit, averaging 17.2 points, 8.5 rebounds and 2.4 assists in 12 games. He shot 61.8% from 2-point range. With Montverde at the NIBC Invitational, Reneau averaged 10.9 points and 6.9 rebounds in 10 games.

Florida still has ESPN 100 center Jalen Reed and four-star guard Denzel Aberdeen signed for the 2022 class.