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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 »

Beyond the arc: 3 takeaways from Florida’s 84-83 win against Wisconsin.

Some observations following UF’s 84-83 overtime win over Wisconsin in the Sweet 16. — Florida coach Mike White admitted that he probably should have fouled Wisconsin up three in regulation rather than let the Badgers get off Zak Showalter’s game-tying 3-point shot that forced overtime. “We’re always open to new things as coaches and that’s something we might re-visit this spring.” White said. But Florida also tried to slow it down too early, up 12 with 5:23 remaining, which allowed… Read More »

Tourney run should benefit White in recruiting

Florida’s run to the Sweet 16 under second-year coach Mike White has a chance to pay dividends for the Gator program for years to come. As White gains more visibility in front of a national audience in his first NCAA Tournament, more high-level recruits from around the country are bound to take notice. White said he’s already noticed an uptick in how Florida and his staff have been perceived with UF’s success in his second season. The Gators are 26-8… Read More »

Kasey Hill: These Gators better than FF team in 2014

Florida senior point guard Kasey Hill was a freshman when the Gators won 30 straight games and made a run all the way to a Final Four in 2014. But for as steady as the Gators were that season in making their fifth Final Four appearance in school history, the 6-foot-1 Hill said he thinks this year’s squad is even better. “All year I’ve been saying that I think this team is better than that team, honestly,” Hill said. “That… Read More »