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Frazier confirms he’s signing with agent, thanks fans

A day after declaring for the NBA draft, former Florida junior guard Michael Frazier confirmed he was signing an agent and thanked fans over his Twitter feed. Frazier tweeted that he’s signing with ASM sports, the same agency that represents former Gator players Taurean Green, Marreese Speights, Erik Murphy and Scottie Wilbekin. Frazier also said he intends to return to Florida each summer to complete his undergraduate degree. His statement on his Twitter feed reads: “Thank you to my coaches,… Read More »

Florida’s offense on steady decline

Florida coach Billy Donovan has prided himself on developing up-tempo offenses that gives players freedom to drive to the basket in transition and fire up 3-pointers. Under Donovan, the Gators have always found skilled passers and shooters and big men that can run the court. But since 2011-12, Florida’s offense has been on a steady decline under the 19-year future Hall of Fame coach. After Florida averaged 75.9 points per game in 2011-12 with a team that featured one-and-done Lottery… Read More »

Wilbekin moving on to Greece

After completing a successful season in Australia, former Gator point guard Scottie Wilbekin is moving on to play in Greece. Wilbekin signed with AEK Athens for the Greek 1 pro league on Tuesday and will play with the team for the rest of their season. Named the SEC’s player of the year in 2014, the 6-foot-2 Wilbekin helped lead UF to 30 straight wins last season and its fifth Final Four in school history. He went undrafted in the NBA… Read More »

Could Grant return to UF?

With Alabama announcing Sunday night that it fired former Florida assistant Anthony Grant, the inevitable questions have been raised if Grant would consider returning to Gainesville. Grant was as an assistant under Donovan at both Marshall and Florida from 1994-2006. As a recruiter, Grant was instrumental in helping land Udonis Haslem and Corey Brewer, two building blocks that helped the Gators on an unprecedented run of success. Haslem helped lead the Gators to the 2000 NCAA title game, while Brewer… Read More »

Beyond the arc: 3 takeaways from Florida’s 64-49 loss to Kentucky

Some observations following UF’s 64-49 loss to Kentucky: – The Gators started the game with excellent ball movement and dribble penetration, breaking down Kentucky’s defense with dump down passes. But as the game wore on, Florida could not sustain its stellar ball movement against Kentucky’s length and strength inside. The Gators finished the game with 12 assists to 12 turnovers, not good enough to pull off an upset against the No. 1 team in the country. Point guard Kasey Hill… Read More »

Beyond the arc: 3 takeaways from UF’s 69-61 win over Alabama

Some observations following UF’s 69-61 SEC Tournament win over Alabama: – From a scoring standpoint, Florida sophomore point guard Kasey Hill went back down to earth with 2 points against Alabama after a 15-point effort against Kentucky. But Hill was still steady running the offense, finishing with 3 assists to 2 turnovers in 27 minutes. Hill’s penetration set up a pretty wraparound pass to Alex Murphy for an easy Murphy layup on one of his three assists. Kentucky plays Hill… Read More »

Familiar foes face off in Florida-Alabama SEC Tourney matchup

Florida will see a familiar face in its opening Southeastern Conference Tournament game on Thursday in Nashville, Tenn. The Gators (15-16) will enter the tournament as the eighth seed and will play ninth-seed Alabama on Thursday at 1 p.m. at Bridgestone Arena. Alabama (18-13, 8-10 SEC) is coming off a 61-60 win Saturday at Texas A&M. In the lone meeting between the schools this season, Florida won at Tuscaloosa 52-50 in a game decided by a Dorian Finney-Smith dunk with… Read More »

Beyond the arc: 3 takeaways from Florida’s 67-50 loss to Kentucky

Some observations following Florida’s 67-50 loss to Kentucky: – While sophomore point guard Kasey Hill had his best scoring game in Southeastern Conference play with 15 points against the Wildcats, the 6-foot-1 Umatilla native also wound up with just 1 assist to 4 turnovers. A behind the back pass attempt by Hill that sailed out of bounds was one unnecessary, risky play in a game where possessions were valuable. “The one thing I didn’t like was the four turnovers,” Florida… Read More »

Billy D: Keep status quo on freshman eligibility

Commissioners throughout four of the five power conferences have tossed around the idea of making freshman ineligible to counter the recent wave of one-and-done players in college basketball. But don’t count Florida coach Billy Donovan among those in favor of freshman ineligibility. “I don’t like it,” Donovan said. “I don’t. I think the game has changed, players have changed, talent level has changed. I think the reason why you have to allow freshmen to play is because you’re allowing players… Read More »

What needs to happen for Florida to land SEC Tourney 7 seed

First and foremost, Florida (15-15, 8-9 SEC) can clinch the seventh seed in the SEC Tournament outright with an upset of No. 1 Kentucky on Saturday at Rupp Arena. But considering Kentucky (30-0, 17-0 SEC) is unbeaten in 30 tries and 101-4 at Rupp Arena under John Calipari, the likelihood of that happening is slim to none. So if Florida closes the season with a loss at Rupp, the tiebreaker scenarios for the 7 seed are more muddled. Basically, Florida… Read More »