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Florida, Oklahoma to meet in SEC-Big 12 Challenge

Florida reportedly will play at Oklahoma next season in the SEC-Big 12 Challenge, according to a source close to CBSSports.com’s Jon Rothstein. The game will pit former Gator and current Oklahoma coach Lon Kruger against the team he coached to a Final Four in 1994. Kruger went 104-80 in six seasons at Florida (1991-96) before leaving to take the head coaching job at Illinois. Kruger has coached against the Gators only once since he left UF, and it wasn’t by… Read More »

White attends Dickie V gala

Add Florida men’s basketball coach Mike White to those in the fight to support pediatric cancer research. White attended ESPN basketball analyst Dick Vitale’s annual V Foundation gala last weekend in Sarasota and came away moved with some the stories presented.  The gala raised $2.8 million for pediatric research and included testimonials from 15 pediatric cancer survivors. “It just showed how passionately he cares about using his platform to fight cancer,” White said. “The work he does raising money for… Read More »

Gators adding size to backcourt

The Gators officially announced the signing of Virginia Tech 6-foot-5 sophomore shooting guard Jalen Hudson on Friday. The addition of Hudson signals a continued trend in Florida coach Mike White’s recruiting strategy — to target bigger guards. Three of White’s commitments/signings are guards 6-foot-3 or taller — 2017 pg commit Shai Alexander (6-3 with a 6-10 wingspan), incoming freshman guard Eric Hester (6-4 with ac 6-9 wingspan) and Hudson (6-5). That doesn’t include 6-6 incoming transfer swingman Canyon Barry and… Read More »

DeVo transferring to Troy

Former Florida swingman DeVon Walker has found a new home. The 6-foot-6 Walker will be heading to Troy as a graduate transfer, the school announced Tuesday. Walker graduated from UF last week with a degree in criminology. Coming back from a torn ACL that sidelined him for the 2014-15 season, Walker could never get on track last season, averaging 1.6 points and 1.7 rebounds. A change of scenery and another year removed from the injury should help. “We’re thrilled with… Read More »

Florida 2016 class ranked 58th

Coaching transition isn’t easy. Especially when it comes to recruiting. Florida coach Mike White had discussed his need this past season to prove to recruits that the program was healthy following Billy Donovan’s departure. As a result, White’s first full recruiting class in 2016 wasn’t thought of highly by those who follow recruiting for a living. Even with the recent addition of 6-11 center Gorjok Gak, UF’s first class was ranked 58th in the nation by 24.7.com on Thursday. Florida… Read More »

Florida to face Duke on Dec. 6

The time and date of the Florida-Duke matchup in the Jimmy V Classic has been set. The Gators and Blue Devils will play on Dec. 6 at Madison Square Garden in New York City at 9 p.m. on ESPN, after the end of the opening game between Arizona State and Purdue (7 p.m.). To say that Florida will be tested facing Duke next season is an understatement. The Blue Devils are early choice for preseason No. 1 going into the… Read More »

Billy D nabs first NBA playoff series win

Now comes the hard part. Somewhat quietly, former Florida coach Billy Donovan picked up his first NBA playoff series win when the Oklahoma City Thunder knocked off the Dallas Mavericks 118-104 on Monday night. Off the court, the Mavs didn’t go down as quietly, with owner Mark Cuban bloviating after the game that OKC point guard Russell Westbrook is not a superstar, even though Westbrook dropped 36 points in the series-clinching win. Westbrook has flourished in Donovan’s point guard-friendly offense,… Read More »

Florida adds 2016 C Gak

Florida picked up a big spring commitment for its 2016 class late Sunday. Gorjok Gak, a 6-foot-11, 205-pound center from Victory Rock Prep in Bradenton, announced on his Twitter account he committed to the Gators after visiting campus last week. “It’s been a long and rugged process but I couldn’t have done it without my family and my basketball familiy,” Gak wrote in his tweet. “It’s a good day to be a Gator.” The website 24.7.com rates Gak as a… Read More »

Dupay excited about HS coaching opportunity

Former Florida standout guard Teddy Dupay has been involved in grassroots basketball in the Tampa area for the past three-plus years. But Dupay took another step in his coaching and mentoring progression last weekend when he was named head varsity basketball coach at Cambridge Christian School in Tampa. Dupay worked with some Cambridge students at his basketball academy in Tampa, and one of those parents approached Dupay and asked if he had interest in the varsity job. “Got to meet… Read More »

Alabama hires Pelphrey

Former Florida assistant coach John Pelphrey is moving on to another SEC program. Alabama announced that Pelphrey is joining Avery Johnson’s staff as associate head coach, confirming a Gatorsports.com tweet from a week ago that he had accepted the job. Pelphrey was an assistant under Florida coach Billy Donovan for a pair of stints, from 1996-2002 and 2011-14. However, Pelphrey was not considered for the head coaching job at UF when Donovan left for the Oklahoma City Thunder in May… Read More »