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Gators enjoying success in NBA

One of the marvels of the Billy Donovan era at Florida has been his ability to not just coach players to college success, but develop them for the next level. Entering the 2014-15 season, 12 former Gators are on NBA rosters. Of the 12, four are among the 44 highest paid players in the NBA. David Lee remains the highest-paid former Gator at $15.01 million (21st highest paid overall), followed by Dallas Mavericks forward Chandler Parons (29th, $14,7 million), Chicago… Read More »

Gators played two 5-man units during 2000 FF run

Listen to college basketball coaches long enough, and you understand there’s a little P.T. Barnum in all of them. But Kentucky coach John Calipari raised more than a few eyebrows when he said during the preseason he intended to play two five-man units during the 2014-15 season and was doing “something that’s never been done in college basketball before.” I seem to remember a Florida team in 2000 that played two five-man squads and made a run all the way… Read More »

Frazier: FF loss to UConn still stings

More than six months removed from from Florida’s Final Four loss against Connecticut, Florida junior guard Michael Frazier II is still having a hard time accepting it. Frazier was among the most devastated players in the locker room following UF’s 63-53 loss to the Huskies. The loss snapped UF’s 30-game win streak and ended the season at 36-3, two wins shy of a national title. “I still got that sour taste in my mouth from that game,” Frazier said at… Read More »

Recruiting analyst high on Stone’s potential

On the surface, latest 2015 Florida commitment Keith Stone is a borderline top 100 national recruit. But Scout.com national recruiting analyst Rob Harrington is high on Stone’s potential. Harrington doesn’t view Stone as an impact player as a freshman, but things the 6-foot-7 forward can develop into high-level player in Florida’s system. “He’s an excellent four-year prospect,” Harrington said. “He’s not going to be a Kasey Hill type guy who comes in with that kind of reputation or a Chris… Read More »

Billy D’s thoughts on Midnight Madness

Throughout the country, dozens of college basketball programs celebrated the start of practice last Friday with Midnight Madness ceremonies. Kentucky put forth its usual grand spectacle in front of 24,000 fans at Rupp Arena, which included an appearance from Drake. Tubby Smith fell of a motorcycle at Texas Tech. Connecticut held a mixed scrimmage with men’s and women’s players together on the same team. At Florida, there was a quiet closed, double-session practice. The Gators haven’t done Midnight Madness since… Read More »

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 »