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Defense, Robinson highlight intrasquad scrimmage

Florida coach Mike White said earlier this week that his team’s defense was catching up to its offense. The Gators showed more defensive intensity in their second scrimmage on Friday while still putting together some productive offensive stretches. Offensively, junior forward Devin Robinson was the standout, finishing with 23 points on 8 of 9 shooting from the floor and 4 of 4 shooting from 3-point range. After knocking down back-to-back 3-point attempts to start the scrimmage, the 6-foot-8 Robinson used… Read More »

Report: Alexander de-commits from Gators

Florida could potentially be losing one of the standouts of its 2017 class. Point guard Shai Alexander had re-opened his recruitment, according to a report from Canadian basketball website North Pole Hoops. According to the report, Alexander has decided to take more visits before signing his letter of intent in next month’s early signing period. It’s unclear at this point what schools Alexander plans to visit, though Butler, Virginia Tech and UCLA all have interest in the Canadian standout. Alexander… Read More »

Robinson says he’s “95 percent” after surgery

Florida junior forward Devin Robinson had an interesting offseason, to say the least. First, the 6-foot-8 Chesterfield, Va., native, surprised some in college basketball circles by announcing he was going to put his name in the NBA draft. But a few weeks later, Robinson had a recurring foot problem checked. It turned out, Robinson had a stress fracture in his foot that he played through last March. Robinson opted for surgery in late April, returned to school, and was limited… Read More »

New UF commit Johnson projects as face-up power forward

There was no doubting the athleticism. When former Ripley (West Virginia) High basketball coach Evan Faulkner began working with newest UF commitment Chase Johnson two years ago, he could see his ability to run the floor, rebound and finish in transition. “He was a 6-(foot)-6 kid who was just starting to realize his future,” said Faulkner, now a graduate basketball assistant at the University of Pikeville in Pikeville, Ky. “A high-major athlete.” But Faulkner said Johnson demonstrated a strict work… Read More »

Preseason magazines high on Gators

The optimism for Florida basketball in its second season under coach Mike White is greater than it was at this time a year ago. Two major college basketball magazines have picked the Gators second in the SEC behind Kentucky, while a third picked Florida to finish third in the conference behind Kentucky and Texas A&M. The reason for high hopes? Florida returns four starters from a season ago and added graduate transfer 6-6 swingman Canyon Barry, who averaged 19 points… Read More »

O’Dome renovation remains on schedule

As Florida unveiled plans for $100 million in improvements in facilities last week, work on the interior renovation of the O’Connell Center is continuing to make progress. The O’Dome’s $64.5 million interior makeover remains on target to be completed by mid-December, according to Florida associate athletic director of internal operations Chip Howard. “Brasfield & Gorre are doing an outstanding job across the street,” Howard said.  “We meet with them all the time, a couple times a week. They continue to… Read More »

Murphy gets 6th year, will play at Northeastern

Former Florida forward Alex Murphy has been granted a sixth year by the NCAA and will play next season at Northeastern. The NCAA approved Murphy’s sixth year on Wednesday, ending a four-month long process in which the former Duke and Florida player had to produce medical records from both schools. Murphy dealt with a head injury during his first season at Duke, and sat out the majority of last season at UF due to a torn plantar fascia he suffered… Read More »

“Repeat After Us” a nice drive down memory lane

Florida’s 2006 and 2007 national championship teams shared a special bond rarely, if ever, seen in college basketball. The documentary “Repeat After Us”, which debuts Tuesday night at 9 p.m. on SEC Network, chronicles that bond from its origins through the journey of back-to-back national titles. Directed by Jonathan Hock, the documentary includes interviews from former Florida coach Billy Donovan, starters Joakim Noah, Al Horford, Corey Brewer, Lee Humphrey and Taurean Green and key reserve Chris Richard. The most interesting… Read More »

Florida to open at Arkansas in SEC play

Florida will start and end SEC basketball play on the road this season. The Gators will open conference play Dec. 29 at Arkansas (7 p.m. SEC Network) and finish up at Vanderbilt on March 4 (2 p.m., ESPN or ESPN2) according to the league schedule, which was released Tuesday. In between, Florida will play nine of its 16 conference games at the newly renovated Exactech Arena at the O’Connell Center. Florida’s SEC home opener is Jan. 3 against Ole Miss… Read More »

UF 2017 commits in Top 100

ESPN unveiled its most recent recruiting rankings for the 2017 class on Wednesday. The good news? A pair of current Gator commits made the top 100. Point guard Shai Alexnander (6-5, 175 pounds) is ranked 44th in the nation in ESPN’s Top 100, while swingman DeAundrae Ballard (6-6, 195 pounds) is ranked 65th. Florida coach Mike White’s second recruiting class is shaping up to be stronger than his first, provided the commits keep their word and sign in November. The… Read More »