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Time is now for Chris Walker to mature

No one can deny the physical gifts. They were on display in last year’s Sweet 16, when talented but little-used freshman forward Chris Walker used his rangy 6-foot-10 frame to finish with 7 points, 3 rebounds and a blocked shot off the bench against a UCLA team with three NBA first round draft picks.  There was Walker gliding down the court for a dunk in transition and following up his own missed free throw with a rebound and putback. But… Read More »

OB Classic game between UF-Wake Forest to tip at 5

Florida announced last week that its Orange Bowl Classic game with Wake Forest will tip at 5 p.m. ET at the BankAtlantic Center in Sunrise. The Gators have are 14-2 all-time in Orange Bowl Classic games and have won their last four. UF’s last loss in the Orange Bowl Classic came against Richmond (56-53) on Dec. 19, 2009. Wake Forest is in rebuilding mode under first-year coach Danny Manning. The Demon Deacons roster includes incoming freshman guard Mitchell Wilbekin, the… Read More »

Dupay trying comeback in D-League

Former Gator point guard Teddy Dupay has spent the last few months coaching grassroots basketball in Tampa. But the 5-foot-11 Dupay hasn’t lost the itch to play just yet. Dupay announced on his Facebook page and over Twitter that he plans to try out for the Miami Heat’s Developmental League Team on Oct. 19. The Heat’s D-League team is in Sioux Falls, S.D., but the tryout will take place in Miami. “I’ve been playing basketball everyday for about 9 months,”… Read More »

Gators-VCU to play closed scrimmage

Florida will get a pretty strong tuneup before the start of the 2014-15 season. VCU coach Shaka Smart confirmed the Gators will host the Rams in a closed scrimmage on Nov. 1. Under NCAA rules, the game between Division I teams will be closed to the public and media. It will be played on the same day as the Florida-Georgia football game. These “not so secret” scrimmages have been allowed by the NCAA since 2011. Why the NCAA doesn’t want… Read More »

Frazier receiving preseason accolades

Florida junior guard Michael Frazier is getting plenty of national attention heading into the 2014-15 season. The 6-foot-4 guard from Tampa was named preseason All-SEC first team by Blue Ribbon Magazine earlier this week and also earned preseason All-SEC first team honors from both Athlon and Sporting News magazine. In his Top 25 preview, respected Sporting News college basketball writer Mike DeCourcy wrote Frazier “might be college basketball’s best pure shooter.” Frazier shot an SEC-best 44.7 percent from 3-pooint range… Read More »

Blue Ribbon ranks Gators 10th

Despite losing four starters from a Final Four team, Florida still enters 2014-15 considered among the nation’s elite programs. The Blue Ribbon College Basketball Yearbook ranked Florida No. 10 in its annual preseason. The magazine, considered the most comprehensive basketball preview guide in the country, also picked the Gators to finish second in the Southeastern Conference behind preseason No. 1 Kentucky. Florida returns starting junior guard Michael Frazier II, who led the SEC in 3-point shooting percentage last year (44.7… Read More »

Gators-William & Mary to tip at 6 p.m.

Florida announced on Thursday that its season opener Nov. 14 against William & Mary will tip at 6 p.m. at the O’Connell. The game will be part of a season-opening doubleheader aired on the SEC Network. Kentucky and Grand Canyon will follow with an 8 p.m. tip. William & Mary returns four starters from a team that finished 20-12 last season and narrowly missed the NCAA Tournament. Florida has won 23 straight season openers, including all 18 under current coach… Read More »

Gators to face another tough non-conference slate

In a little more than two months, Florida will open its basketball schedule Nov. 14 against William & Mary at the O’Connell Center. And once again, Florida will face plenty of tough tests before Southeastern Conference play begins Jan. 7 at South Carolina. The Gators will play at least at least two teams in that finished that last season in the Top 10 in RPI (Kansas, Connecticut) and up to five teams in the RPI Top 50 depending on how… Read More »

Prather accepts invite with Suns

Former Florida forward Casey Prather is not headed overseas. At least not yet. Prather has accepted an invitation to Phoenix Suns training camp as an undrafted free agent in hopes of making the roster. The 6-foot-6 Prather averaged a team-high 13.8 points per game for the Gators last season, helping lead UF to its fifth Final Four in school history. Prather played over the summer with the Atlanta Hawks summer league team, but after taking a call from his agent,… Read More »

Billy D concerned about unknowns

Florida coach Billy Donovan wrapped up his preseason speaking tour Tuesday night at the Southwest Florida Gator Club in Fort Myers. Here’s some of what Donovan had to say before his speaking engagement: — On new players stepping into starting roles: “You know, a guy like Chris Walker comes in mid-semester last year and plays 5-7 minutes a game, gets in there very, very sparingly and he’s going to have an opportunity to play more. Kasey Hill kind of backed… Read More »