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Prather accepts invite with Suns

Former Florida forward Casey Prather is not headed overseas. At least not yet. Prather has accepted an invite to Phoenix Suns training camp as an undrafted free agent in hopes of making the roster. The 6-foot-6 Prather averaged a team-high 13.8 points per game for the Gators last season, helping lead UF to its fifth Final Four in school history. Prather played over the summer with the Atlanta Hawks summer league team, but after taking a call from his agent,… Read More »

Billy D concerned about unknowns

Florida coach Billy Donovan wrapped up his preseason speaking tour Tuesday night at the Southwest Florida Gator Club in Fort Myers. Here’s some of what Donovan had to say before his speaking engagement: — On new players stepping into starting roles: “You know, a guy like Chris Walker comes in mid-semester last year and plays 5-7 minutes a game, gets in there very, very sparingly and he’s going to have an opportunity to play more. Kasey Hill kind of backed… Read More »

Florida building strong 2015 class

When Noah Dickerson committed to Florida last Sunday, it added another significant piece to UF’s 2015 recruiting class. “They have a good class, man,” Scout.com national recruiting analyst Evan Daniels said. “They are starting to add quite a few quality post players and he’s just another one of them.” Including USF transfer John Egbunu, Florida’s 2015 class features three players taller than 6-foot-8. Dickerson is 6-8, 245 pounds, while forward Kevarrius Hayes is 6-9, 190 pounds and Egbunu is 6-10,… Read More »

Billy D: Rutgers transfer Carter still not 100 percent

When Eli Carter transferred to Florida in the spring of 2013, the Gators were hopeful of adding an impact scorer who proved he could play at a high level in the Big East. But according to Florida coach Billy Donovan, the 6-foot-2 guard from Patterson, N.J., still hasn’t completely recovered from a broken leg in February of 2013 that prematurely ended his sophomore season at Rutgers. “He’s much, much better than he was a year ago, but he’s not the… Read More »

Full UF schedule taking shape

With the announcement of four more games on ESPN’s Super Tuesday slate, Florida’s 2014-15 men’s basketball schedule is continuing to take shape. The Gators will play in four Super Tuesday matchups on ESPN. Only one is at home, but it’s a big matchup Jan. 20 against LSU (ESPN, 7 p.m.). The Tigers return standout rising sophomore forwards Jordan Mickey and Jarrell Martin and are continuing to stockpile talent in recruiting under third-year coach Johnny Jones. The remainder of UF’s Super… Read More »

Georgia not coming to O’Dome this season

The Southeastern Conference is expected to release its full basketball at the end of the week. But Athens-Banner Herald reporter Marc Weiszer was able to obtain a draft of Georgia’s SEC basketball schedule through an open records request. It reveals that for the second straight year, Florida and Georgia will only play once this season. This time, it’s in Athens, Ga., on Jan. 17. When the SEC expanded to 14 teams in 2013, it instituted an 18-game schedule with only… Read More »

Real or not, Gator F Chris Walker getting stronger

It’s a question that’s been posed since Florida sophomore forward Chris Walker first changed his avatar picture on Twitter last month. It shows a jacked-up 6-foot-10 Walker walking outside the Florida basketball facility holding a pair of barbells stacked with 135 pounds in each hand. Some think it’s photo-shopped. Is it real? Judge below for yourself. Regardless, I’m told that Walker has made some significant strength gains this summer since first arriving on UF’s campus last December as a skinny… Read More »

Speights arrested for DUI

Former Gator and current Golden State center Marreese Speights was arrested late Monday night on a DUI charge in Tampa. Speights, who turned 27 on Monday, was pulled over at the corner of McDill Street and Kennedy Boulevard in Tampa at 3:31 a.m. late Monday night. He spent the night in Hillsborough County Jail and was released Tuesday morning on a $500 bond. According to his Twitter account, Speights had returned to his native St. Petersburg last weekend to visit… Read More »

Florida-FSU to play Dec. 30

Florida will play at rival Florida State during a time year when few students are on campus. Florida State released its non-conference on Thursday and announced it will face the Gators on Dec. 30 at the Donald L Tucker Center. If the timing of the game seems odd, there’s an explanation. Normally, Florida likes to play rival Florida State the night before or week of the football game at the  O’Connell Center, which usually falls around Thanksgiving. But Florida State… Read More »

Wilbekin excited to see Hill at point

It’s clear that rising sophomore Florida point guard Kasey Hill has big shoes to fill. In replacing departed Southeastern Conference player of the year Scottie Wilbekin at point guard, Hill is arguably the most important returning player for the Gators next season. The lightning-quick Hill showed flashes of his McDonald’s All-American ability last year but will need to be more consistent if the Gators are to make another deep run in the NCAA Tournament in 2014-15. Hill had a taste… Read More »