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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 »

Barry off to good start in Portsmouth

Former Gator forward Canyon Barry is making the most of his opportunity at the Portsmouth (Va.) Invitational, an annual showcase event for seniors entering the NBA draft. The 6-fooot-6 Barry had 20 points and 12 rebounds in his first game in Portsmouth on Thursday night. Barry followed it up with another strong game on Friday, finishing with 13 points and 6 rebounds. An NBA scout in Portsmouth, speaking on the condition of anonymity, said Barry has made a strong impression… Read More »

Rice transfer visiting UF

Even after the recent addition of point guard Michael Okauru and 13 scholarship spots filled, Florida may not be done with potential roster changes for the 2017-18 season. The Gators are hosting Rice grad transfer forward Egor Koulechov for a visit this weekend. Koulechov, who visited Oklahoma two weeks ago, shot 47.3 percent from 3-point range for Rice last season while averaging 18.2 points and 8.9 rebounds. At 6-foot-5 and 210 pounds, Koulechov would provide some insurance in the frontcourt… Read More »

A breakdown of UF’s incoming 2017 class

With point guard Michael Okauru signing his letter of intent on Wednesday, here’s an updated look at Florida’s incoming 2017 men’s basketball class, which ESPN.com ranks ninth in the nation: Michael Okauru 6-4 | 180 | G | Raleigh, N.C. | Brewster Academy Rated a four-star prospect by ESPN and a three-star prospect by Rivals and 247sports. Rated the No. 8 player out of the state of North Carolina. Great size and athleticism with playmaking ability. ESPN.com bottom line: “Okauru… Read More »

Four-star PG visits Gators

Florida is taking positive momentum from its Elite Eight run to the recruiting trail. On Thursday, Florida hosted four-star Class of 2018 point guard Devon Dotson for an unofficial visit. The 6-2, 175-pound Dotson is reportedly a strong Kansas lean, but it didn’t stop UF’s coaching staff from making a strong pitch to convince the Charlotte, N.C., native to come to Gainesville. Dotson has also received offers from North Carolina and North Carolina State and is ranked No. 34 in… Read More »

White: Contract talks progressing

After Florida’s season closed with an Elite Eight loss to South Carolina, athletic director Scott Stricklin revealed that he had been in talks with second-year coach Mike White about a contract extension. White confirmed that he’s had discussions with Stricklin after guiding the Gators to a 27-9 record and the school’s ninth Elite Eight appearance in school history. “We’ve had a lot of really positive conversations,” White said. “I’m very pleased with the outcomes of our conversations. I’m blessed to… Read More »

Beyond the arc: 3 takeaways from UF’s 77-70 loss to South Carolina

Some observations following Florida’s 77-70 loss to South Carolina at Madison Square Garden in the Elite Eight — Senior point guard Kasey Hill’s final game in a Gator uniform encapsulated his UF career, some spectacular plays, followed by momentum-crushing mistakes. The errant pass to nowhere with Florida down 65-63 and 1:58 left turned out to be the biggest gaffe of the afternoon, as South Carolina guard Sindarius Thornwell stole the pass and set up Malik Kotsar for an easy transition… Read More »