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Florida remains in mix for Emmitt Williams

Top 2018 power forward prospect Emmitt Williams narrowed his college choices down to seven schools on Tuesday. Florida is on the list, along with Miami, Duke, Kansas, Oregon, LSU and USC. Williams, a Lehigh Acres native, is transferring from IMG Academy in Bradenton to Oak Ridge High School in Orlando for his senior season. A five-star prospect, the 6-foot-8, 210-pound Williams in ranked 20th in the country in ESPN.com’s most recent top 100 recruiting rankings for the Class of 2018.… Read More »

Boyce to visit UF

Four-star 2018 wing prospect Ryan Boyce announced on his Twitter account Monday that he plans to take an official visit to Florida the weekend of Oct. 14. At 6-foot-3 and 189 pounds, Boyce, from Germantown, Tenn., is rated as the 83rd best prospect in the country in ESPN.com’s Class of 2018 rankings. In its scouting report of Boyce, ESPN.com wrote: “His build is slight but his athletic ability and length are what attracts attention. He is most comfortable right now… Read More »

Barry signs to play in Finland

After not latching on to an NBA team, former Florida forward Canyon Barry will continue his pro basketball career overseas. Barry announced on his Instagram account that he’s signed to play for the Vilpas Vikings in based in Salo, Finland.  The team is one of 11 in the top-level pro league in Finland (called the Korisliiga) and is part of the FIBA Europe Confederation. As a grad transfer from College of Charleston, Barry helped the lead the Gators to their… Read More »

With Little off board, what’s next for Gators

Last week, four-star 2018 forward recruit Nassir Little announced his final five schools. Florida wasn’t on the list, which was met by disappointment by some in Gator Nation, considering the time and effort that Florida coach Mike White and his staff went into courting the young star from nearby Orange Park.  Little was in the stands during UF’s 88-66 demolition of Kentucky on Feb. 4 at the new-look O’Dome and took numerous unofficial visits to UF since completing his freshman… Read More »

New O’Dome fuels attendance increase

The NCAA released its annual Division I men’s basketball attendance report on Tuesday, and the new-look Exactech Arena/O’Connell Center resulted in a significant attendance boost for the Gators during the 2016-17 season. The Gators averaged 10,690 fans in 10 home dates last season, above 100 percent capacity and more than 1,000 fans per game higher than the 2015-16 season (1,004 to be exact). Florida’s increase in attendance with the 14th highest in the nation and third highest in the SEC,… Read More »

Cross giving back to the game

Former Gator guard Dan Cross was known for his steady play in the backcourt during UF’s run to its first Final Four in school history in 1994. After a successful pro basketball career overseas, Cross has found a second act mentoring young athletes as rewarding. He returned to Gainesville this week to give back to the game he loves, hosting his 13th annual All Fundamentals Basketball Camp at St. Francis High School. “To do anything for 13 years is a… Read More »

Jones excited about move to Wichita

Former Florida assistant coach Donnie Jones had a decision to make last April– stay in Orlando and remain an NBA scout, or move back to the college coaching sidelines. Jones chose the later, accepting an offer to become an assistant coach at Wichita State after a year away from the college game. It wasn’t an easy decision. Jones had established roots in Orlando as head coach at UCF for six years. He was fired at the end of the 2016… Read More »

NCAA Selection Committee to put greater emphasis on road wins

A day after Florida unveiled a non-conference schedule with no true road games, the NCAA Men’s Basketball Selection Committee announced it is altering its definition of a quality win, putting greater emphasis on road and neutral court games. According to an NCAA release, team sheets will now be divided into home games against teams ranked in the RPI Top 30, neutral court games against teams ranked in the RPI Top 50 and road games against teams ranked in the RPI… Read More »

D-Robb makes D impact in summer debut

Former Florida forward Devin Robinson didn’t put up gaudy offensive numbers in his summer league debut with the Washington Wizards. But the 6-foot-8 Robinson showed he could fill a role on the defensive end of the floor. Robinson finished with 3 points, 6 rebounds, 3 blocked shots and 2 steals in 18 minutes off the bench during Washington’s 91-88 summer league loss to the Memphis Grizzlies on Saturday in Las Vegas. Robinson is trying to latch on to the Wizards… Read More »

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 »