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Canadian big man to visit Florida

The Gators will get a visit from a prospect north of the border later this month. Eddie Ekiyor, a 6-9, 220-pound four-star forward from Ottawa, Canada, will vist the UF campus the weekend of the Tennessee game (Sept. 25-27). Ekiyor is re-classifying to enroll in January of 2016, but wouldn’t be eligible to begin practicing until May and begin playing until the 2016-17 season. Miami, Villanova and Oregon also have offered Ekiyor scholarships. 2016 UF combo guard commit Eric Hester… Read More »

Florida-WVU to tip at noon

The start times for the SEC-Big 12 Challenge were set by ESPN and the leagues on Wednesday. Florida will host West Virginia with a tip-time of noon at the O’Connell Center on Jan. 30. The game will air on either ESPN or ESPN2. West Virginia returns three starters from a team that reached the Sweet 16 last season under coach Bob Huggins. Both leagues decided to move the event from early December to late January to give it more visibility… Read More »

Florida to host Palm Beach Atlantic in exhibition

Florida announced Wednesday night it will host Palm Beach Atlantic in its lone official exhibition game on Nov. 5 (7 p.m. tip) at the O’Connell Center. Palm Beach Atlantic finished last season 10-16 overall as a Division II Independent. The Sailfish are coached by Dave Balza, who previously coached at Florida Gulf Coast University before FGCU went Division I. Former UF point guard Eddie Shannon was an assistant at Palm Beach Atlantic last season, but left during the offseason to… Read More »

Frazier agrees to terms with Lakers

Former Florida guard Michael Frazier II will get a shot in preseason camp this fall with one of the NBAs most storied franchises. Frazier agreed to terms on a two-year deal with the Los Angeles Lakers on Sunday with a small guarantee. According to the Los Angeles Times, the deal is for two years at about $1.4 million with a $50,000 buyout if Frazier doesn’t make the team out of camp. But it’s a shot for the former UF sharp-shooter… Read More »

Mooney de-commits from UF

A few weeks after saying he was enamored with new Florida coach Michael White, three-star 2016 power forward prospect John Mooney has decided to de-commit from the Gators. Mooney, a Lake Brantley High standout, did not return immediate calls seeking comment. A source close to Mooney said he met with White two days ago. Mooney’s de-commitment was first reported Thursday by Rivals.com’s Russ Wood. “He told Coach White that he wanted to explore options that were out there,” the source… Read More »

Billy D to face Magic in second NBA game

It may have been planned. It may be just coincidence. But former Florida coach Billy Donovan will make an early return to the Sunshine State as head coach of the Oklahoma City Thunder. The NBA released its 2015-16 schedule on Wednesday, and Donovan’s Thunder will play at the Orlando Magic on Oct. 30 at 7 p.m. at the Amway Center. Yes, it’s just the Thunder’s second NBA game of the season. And yes, it’s the night before the Florida-Georgia football… Read More »

Tip times set for Miami, Michigan State, FSU

Tip times of three of Florida’s biggest non-conference games have been set. Florida’s games Dec. 8 at Miami will tip at 7 p.m. and air on ESPN2. Times also have been set for UF’s game at Michigan State (Dec. 12, 6 p.m., ESPN2) and against rival Florida State (Dec. 29, 7 p.m., ESPN2). The only other start time set at this point is UF’s season opener at Navy, which will start at 9:30 p.m. on Nov. 13 and air on… Read More »

Top combo guard recruit to visit UF

Florida has set up an official visit with one of the top combo guard prospects in the Class of 2016. Oldsmar Christian High coach Jordan Fair confirmed a report from Scout.com’s Evan Daniels that Class of 2016 guard Eric Hester (6-4, 170 pounds, Oldsmar Christian HS) will visit Florida the weekend of September 4. The visit coincides with Florida football’s season opener at the The Swamp vs. New Mexico State. Hester is the first big recruiting target of new UF… Read More »

Egbunu slimmed down, Robinson, Chiozza stronger

There have been some noticeable body changes during the offseason for returning Florida basketball players. Sophomore transfer center John Egbunu has slimmed down from 266 to 255 pounds, while rising sophomore forward Devin Robinson and rising sophomore point guard Chris Chiozza have both made strength gains. The 6-foot-9 Robinson has bulked up to 195 pounds (he played at 178 pounds as a freshman), while Chiozza is up to 175 pounds from 160 pounds last season. Under the guidance of Florida… Read More »

Former Gator pg Cross holding camp in Gainesville

Former Florida point guard Dan Cross helped lead the Gators to their first Final Four appearance in school history 21 years ago. And once again, Cross is returning to the site of his college glory, holding his annual youth camp from July 28-31 (next Tuesday through Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.) at St. Francis High School in Gainesville. Cross is living in Orlando, where he runs an employment agency for recent college athlete graduates called athlete connections. Also,… Read More »