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Finney-Smith accepts invite with Mavs

Florida forward Dorian Finney-Smith has accepted a free-agent invite with the Dallas Mavericks. Finney-Smith agreed to terms to a partially-guaranteed deal and will report to the Mavericks’ summer league team in Las Vegas, according to sources. Dallas begins summer league play July 9 against the Miami Heat. Finney-Smith chose the Mavericks over two other offers from undisclosed teams. “It just came down to it feeling like the best fit, for me and my family,” Finney-Smith said. The versatile 6-foot-8 Finney-Smith… Read More »

Florida to hold 06-07 reunion Sept. 10 vs. Kentucky

The back-to-back champs are coming back to Gainesville. Florida will hold a reunion for its 2006-07 basketball national title teams the weekend of its home football game Sept. 10 against Kentucky. It will include an on-field salute of the team during the Florida-Kentucky game at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium/Spurrier Field. Logistically, Florida had to hold the event during a football game because the majority of players are still playing professional basketball in the NBA and overseas. As a result, most… Read More »

Hodskins, Murphy won’t be back

Florida sophomore walk-on Zach Hodskins and redshirt senior forward Alex Murphy won’t be back with the Gators next season, sources close to both players confirmed Wednesday. Hodskins was an inspirational story, earning preferred walk-on status to UF despite being born with one arm rounded at the elbow. The one-handed Hodskins, who became a YouTube sensation and appeared on Good Morning America, scored his first career college points last season against Jacksonville. He is reportedly seeking more playing time at another… Read More »

Gators to play St. Bonaventure in Lakeland

Florida’s barnstorming non-conference schedule is continuing to take shape. The Gators will play St. Bonaventure in Lakeland, according to a report from the Olean (N.Y.) Times Herald. A time and date for the game has yet to be finalized, but it will take place at the 8.200-seat Lakeland Civic Center, which has served as the host site for the high school state basketball championships. In addition, according to the Associated Press’ Mark Long, Florida will host Arkansas-Little Rock in its… Read More »

Florida to face Charlotte in OB Classic

Florida will face Charlotte in the Orange Bowl Classic in Sunrise on Dec. 17, according to a source familiar to the event. Charlotte finished last season 14-19 overall and 9-9 in the Conference USA under second-year coach Mark Price, a former NBA standout guard with the Cleveland Cavaliers. The game also will pit Charlotte fifth-year senior point guard Braxton Ogbueze against his former team. The 6-foot-2 Ogbueze transferred from Florida following his freshman year in 2012-13 after being unable to… Read More »

Barry could help John Egbunu with FTs

At last week’s SEC spring meetings in Destin, Florida coach Mike White said the addition of grad transfer Canyon Barry could benefit a returning UF player as well. White said that Barry is open to teaching  John Egbunu to shoot free-throws underhanded in an effort to improve the returning junior center’s percentage. Barry shot 84.5 percent from the FT line at College of Charleston last season after learning the underhanded method from his father, NBA Hall of Famer Rick Barry.… Read More »

Florida, Oklahoma to meet in SEC-Big 12 Challenge

Florida reportedly will play at Oklahoma next season in the SEC-Big 12 Challenge, according to a source close to CBSSports.com’s Jon Rothstein. The game will pit former Gator and current Oklahoma coach Lon Kruger against the team he coached to a Final Four in 1994. Kruger went 104-80 in six seasons at Florida (1991-96) before leaving to take the head coaching job at Illinois. Kruger has coached against the Gators only once since he left UF, and it wasn’t by… Read More »

White attends Dickie V gala

Add Florida men’s basketball coach Mike White to those in the fight to support pediatric cancer research. White attended ESPN basketball analyst Dick Vitale’s annual V Foundation gala last weekend in Sarasota and came away moved with some the stories presented.  The gala raised $2.8 million for pediatric research and included testimonials from 15 pediatric cancer survivors. “It just showed how passionately he cares about using his platform to fight cancer,” White said. “The work he does raising money for… Read More »

Gators adding size to backcourt

The Gators officially announced the signing of Virginia Tech 6-foot-5 sophomore shooting guard Jalen Hudson on Friday. The addition of Hudson signals a continued trend in Florida coach Mike White’s recruiting strategy — to target bigger guards. Three of White’s commitments/signings are guards 6-foot-3 or taller — 2017 pg commit Shai Alexander (6-3 with a 6-10 wingspan), incoming freshman guard Eric Hester (6-4 with ac 6-9 wingspan) and Hudson (6-5). That doesn’t include 6-6 incoming transfer swingman Canyon Barry and… Read More »

DeVo transferring to Troy

Former Florida swingman DeVon Walker has found a new home. The 6-foot-6 Walker will be heading to Troy as a graduate transfer, the school announced Tuesday. Walker graduated from UF last week with a degree in criminology. Coming back from a torn ACL that sidelined him for the 2014-15 season, Walker could never get on track last season, averaging 1.6 points and 1.7 rebounds. A change of scenery and another year removed from the injury should help. “We’re thrilled with… Read More »