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Gators pass on Jackson Davis

Florida canceled its in-home visit with 2014 frontcourt prospect Jackson Davis on Wednesday. According to Davis’ father, former Kentucky forward Jonathan Davis, it was a friendly parting. Davis said his son talked on a conference call a few hours with Florida coach Billy Donovan and Florida assistant coach John Pelphrey. “We did keep the meeting,” Jonathan Davis said. “But after talking on the phone we realized that Jackson wants to go somewhere where he can make an immediate impact, play… Read More »

Billy D’s name floated for T’wolves job

Coming off a Final Four season, Florida coach Billy Donovan’s name is being floated in NBA circles again. This time, it’s the Minnesota Timberwolves. According to plugged in ESPN.com NBA reporter Marc Stein, the NBA franchise from the great white north is considering Donovan as a replacement for retired head coach Rick Adelman. Michigan State’s Tom Izzo and Iowa State’s Fred Hoiberg also are potential candidates.   Wolves vowing comprehensive search to find coach who can help them persuade Kevin… Read More »

Another Horford to UF?

Florida appears on the verge of adding more valuable frontcourt depth with a familiar name. Jon Horford, the younger brother of former Gators and current Atlanta Hawks standout Al Horford, has received a scholarship offer from Florida. According to MLive.com’s Brendan F. Quinn, the interest between the Michigan transfer and Florida is mutual. ESPN.com’s Jeff Goodman also has been following the Horford-to-Florida story and tweeted this Friday morning:   Florida and Michigan transfer Jon Horford moving closer, sources told ESPN.… Read More »

Added nuggets from UF’s Final Four season

Some added notes to wrap up UF’s Final Four season: – For the second straight season, Florida finished first in the Southeastern Conference and third in the nation in scoring defense, giving up just 57.8 points. Florida allowed just 54.4 points per game in 2013, but given rules emphasis designed to open up offense, the gain was not significant. – Also for the second straight year, Florida has a player lead the SEC in 3-point shooting percentage. In 2013, it… Read More »

Beyond the arc: 3 takeaways from UF’s loss against Connecticut

Some observations following UF’s 63-53 loss to Connecticut in the Final Four: – Florida’s inability to take care of the ball proved costly against pesky Connecticut guards Shabazz Napier and Ryan Boatright. Overall, Connecticut scored 13 points off 11 UF turnovers. The killer came with Florida down 45-40 and 6:55 left when Napier stripped Florida point guard Scottie Wilbekin, then passed forward to Boatright for an easy layup in transition. to put the Huskies ahead 47-40. The Gators never cut… Read More »

Beyond the arc: Three takeaways from UF’s win over Dayton

Some observations following UF’s 62-52 win over Dayton: – Florida was stagnant on offense at times, especially in the second half, but Florida played to its strength by taking the ball inside against an overmatched Dayton frontline. Florida went to the free-throw line 28 times, compared to just 8 trips for a Dayton team that was whistled for 19 fouls. The Gators also converted at the foul line, shooting 75 percent (21-28), above its season average of 66.3 percent. –… Read More »

Beyond the arc: 3 takeaways from UF’s win over UCLA

Some observations following UF’s 79-68 win over UCLA: – Florida’s ball movement was terrific against the Bruins. The Gators finished with 22 assists to 12 turnovers, with freshman Kasey Hill dishing a career-best 10 assists. Hill’s quickness was too much for UCLA to handle and the 6-foot-1 guard shared the wealth with his teammates once he got in the lane. – Florida senior center Patric Young allowed himself to be taken out of the game mentally by dwelling on some… Read More »

Billy D pleased with Chris Walker’s attitude

Florida forward Chris Walker’s freshman season hasn’t unfolded the we he had hopes. The 6-foot-10 former McDonald’s All American missed UF’s first semester for academic reasons, then sat out another dozen games due to eligibility issues. By the time Walker hit the court in February, he was far behind both physically and mentally. As a result, Walker has averaged just 1.8 points and 1.4 rebounds in 5.1 minutes off the bench this season. But Walker has remained upbeat because the… Read More »

Billy D happy for Pearl

Florida coach Billy Donovan had nothing but positive words to say about Bruce Pearl returning to coach in the Southeastern Conference. Auburn hired Pearl last week, months before his three-year show cause with the NCAA is due to expire. Tennessee fired Pearl in 2011 after NCAA sanctions were levied on the program after he lied to NCAA investigators. Donovan said that Pearl being hired at Auburn is good for the league. “I had a chance to talk to Bruce,” Donovan… Read More »

Beyond the arc: 3 takeaways from UF’s win over Pittsburgh

Some observations following UF’s 61-45 win over Pittsburgh. – After committing an average of 18 fouls in wins over Kentucky and Albany, Florida played with tremendous discipline on defense against Pittsburgh. Florida committed just 2 fouls in the first half and 7 for the game. The Gators didn’t commit their first foul in the second half until the 10:56 mark. That allowed Pittsburgh to stay off the free throw line and not get easy points. – Florida coach Billy Donovan… Read More »