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From historic draft night, Gators have stood test of time

Where has the time gone? It’s hard to believe close to 10 years ago, on June 28, 2007 to be exact, I was at the Wamu Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York City, reporting on what would become a historic night for both the Gators and college basketball. To that point, no college program had ever had three players selected within the first 10 picks of the NBA draft. But after leading Florida to back-to-back national titles in… Read More »

Marshall coach high on UF F Chase Johnson

Marshall coach Dan D’Antoni did his best to try to keep standout West Virginia forward recruit Chase Johnson within his state’s borders. Instead, the 6-foot-8, 205-pound Johnson chose to play at Florida, where he will enroll as an incoming freshman later his month. D’Antoni said Johnson, a Ripley, W. Va., native and three/four-star prospect, has a chance to help the Gators right away. “He’s a face up guy,” Johnson said. “He’s a slasher. He’s surprisingly athletic. What I like about… Read More »

Florida to face Cincy in NJ

Florida is putting together another challenging non-conference schedule for the 2017-18 season. According to Jon Rothstein of FanRag sports, the Gators will face Cincinnati in the Never Forget Games at the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J., on Dec. 9 in a matchup of likely preseason Top 25 teams. Seton Hall and Virginia Commonwealth also will play in the doubleheader event. Cincinnati returns three starters from a team that finished 30-6 and lost in the Round of 32 to UCLA in… Read More »

Bilas high on Florida next season

Florida had a breakthrough second season under Mike White in 2016-17, finishing 27-9 and reaching the Elite Eight for the ninth time in program history. ESPN college basketball analyst Jay Bilas said he expects Florida to maintain that high level of play next season, despite the losses of  point guard Kasey Hill, underclassman forward Devin Robinson and SEC sixth man of the year Canyon Barry. “It will be a different team, but getting (center) John Egbunu back is really good… Read More »

White thrilled to have Egbunu back

Florida coach Mike White said he didn’t know what to expect when John Egbunu called him on May 19, five days before the deadline for underclassmen to keep their names in the NBA draft. “Very much 50-50,” White said at the SEC spring meetings in Destin. “I thought it would go down to the wire with him already having the degree in hand. He didn’t just have the one option – he had several options.” So White was thrilled when … Read More »

Florida to open with Stanford at PK80

Florida will begin play in the prestigious PK 80 Invitational Tournament in Portland, Ore., on Thanksgiving Night against a rebuilding Pac 12 program. But the competition will get stiffer throughout the weekend if the Gators advance in the winner’s bracket. The Gators will open play in the tournament celebrating Nike Founder Phil Knight’s 80th birthday on Nov. 23 against Stanford. The game will be played in the evening session (time TBD) at the Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Portland.  All games… Read More »

Former UF assistant McCall settling in at UMass

Former UF assistant coach Matt McCall felt the time was right to make a move his coaching career. After going 48-18 in two seasons at Tennessee-Chattanooga, McCall accepted the head coaching job at UMass on March 29 and is eager to try to get the program back to national prominence. “If you watched the 3o-for-30 for John Calipari, where he had the program when he coached here in the 1990s, fans are hungry to get back to that level,” McCall… Read More »

A look at UF’s top 2018 targets

The April evaluation period offered Florida basketball coaches a chance to get on the road and scout top prospects from the Class of 2018. Florida’s Elite Eight run in its second season under Mike White showed that the Gator basketball program is healthy post Billy Donovan. As a result, UF has a chance to put together its best recruiting class under White. White and has staff have done significant legwork on a number of four and five-star prospects in the… Read More »

Barry preparing for NBA workouts

After a successful senior season at Florida, Canyon Barry is preparing to make the next step in his professional basketball career. Whether it’s playing in the NBA or overseas remains to be seen, but the 6-foot-6 Barry made a strong first impression earlier this month at the Portsmouth (Va.) Invitational. Playing in front of a number of NBA scouts in the seniors-only event, Barry averaged 14 points and 7.3 rebounds in three games. “It was a really good experience,” Barry… Read More »

White visits Pitt transfer

After courting Rice transfer Egor Koulechov on Friday and Saturday, Florida coach Mike White hopped on a plane Sunday to visit another grad transfer target– Pittsburgh forward Cam Johnson. The 6-foot-8, 210-pound Johnson had visits with a number of schools over the weekend, including TCU, Michigan, South Carolina, Ole Miss, Oregon, Rutgers and Illinois. What makes Johnson appealing? For one, Johnson shot 41.7 percent from 3-point range last season while averaging 11.3 points and 4.5 rebounds. His size and game… Read More »