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Blue Ribbon ranks Gators 10th

Despite losing four starters from a Final Four team, Florida still enters 2014-15 considered among the nation’s elite programs. The Blue Ribbon College Basketball Yearbook ranked Florida No. 10 in its annual preseason. The magazine, considered the most comprehensive basketball preview guide in the country, also picked the Gators to finish second in the Southeastern Conference behind preseason No. 1 Kentucky. Florida returns starting junior guard Michael Frazier II, who led the SEC in 3-point shooting percentage last year (44.7… Read More »

Gators-William & Mary to tip at 6 p.m.

Florida announced on Thursday that its season opener Nov. 14 against William & Mary will tip at 6 p.m. at the O’Connell. The game will be part of a season-opening doubleheader aired on the SEC Network. Kentucky and Grand Canyon will follow with an 8 p.m. tip. William & Mary returns four starters from a team that finished 20-12 last season and narrowly missed the NCAA Tournament. Florida has won 23 straight season openers, including all 18 under current coach… Read More »

Gators to face another tough non-conference slate

In a little more than two months, Florida will open its basketball schedule Nov. 14 against William & Mary at the O’Connell Center. And once again, Florida will face plenty of tough tests before Southeastern Conference play begins Jan. 7 at South Carolina. The Gators will play at least at least two teams in that finished that last season in the Top 10 in RPI (Kansas, Connecticut) and up to five teams in the RPI Top 50 depending on how… Read More »

Prather accepts invite with Suns

Former Florida forward Casey Prather is not headed overseas. At least not yet. Prather has accepted an invitation to Phoenix Suns training camp as an undrafted free agent in hopes of making the roster. The 6-foot-6 Prather averaged a team-high 13.8 points per game for the Gators last season, helping lead UF to its fifth Final Four in school history. Prather played over the summer with the Atlanta Hawks summer league team, but after taking a call from his agent,… Read More »

Billy D concerned about unknowns

Florida coach Billy Donovan wrapped up his preseason speaking tour Tuesday night at the Southwest Florida Gator Club in Fort Myers. Here’s some of what Donovan had to say before his speaking engagement: — On new players stepping into starting roles: “You know, a guy like Chris Walker comes in mid-semester last year and plays 5-7 minutes a game, gets in there very, very sparingly and he’s going to have an opportunity to play more. Kasey Hill kind of backed… Read More »

Florida building strong 2015 class

When Noah Dickerson committed to Florida last Sunday, it added another significant piece to UF’s 2015 recruiting class. “They have a good class, man,” Scout.com national recruiting analyst Evan Daniels said. “They are starting to add quite a few quality post players and he’s just another one of them.” Including USF transfer John Egbunu, Florida’s 2015 class features three players taller than 6-foot-8. Dickerson is 6-8, 245 pounds, while forward Kevarrius Hayes is 6-9, 190 pounds and Egbunu is 6-10,… Read More »

Billy D: Rutgers transfer Carter still not 100 percent

When Eli Carter transferred to Florida in the spring of 2013, the Gators were hopeful of adding an impact scorer who proved he could play at a high level in the Big East. But according to Florida coach Billy Donovan, the 6-foot-2 guard from Patterson, N.J., still hasn’t completely recovered from a broken leg in February of 2013 that prematurely ended his sophomore season at Rutgers. “He’s much, much better than he was a year ago, but he’s not the… Read More »

Full UF schedule taking shape

With the announcement of four more games on ESPN’s Super Tuesday slate, Florida’s 2014-15 men’s basketball schedule is continuing to take shape. The Gators will play in four Super Tuesday matchups on ESPN. Only one is at home, but it’s a big matchup Jan. 20 against LSU (ESPN, 7 p.m.). The Tigers return standout rising sophomore forwards Jordan Mickey and Jarrell Martin and are continuing to stockpile talent in recruiting under third-year coach Johnny Jones. The remainder of UF’s Super… Read More »

Georgia not coming to O’Dome this season

The Southeastern Conference is expected to release its full basketball at the end of the week. But Athens-Banner Herald reporter Marc Weiszer was able to obtain a draft of Georgia’s SEC basketball schedule through an open records request. It reveals that for the second straight year, Florida and Georgia will only play once this season. This time, it’s in Athens, Ga., on Jan. 17. When the SEC expanded to 14 teams in 2013, it instituted an 18-game schedule with only… Read More »

Real or not, Gator F Chris Walker getting stronger

It’s a question that’s been posed since Florida sophomore forward Chris Walker first changed his avatar picture on Twitter last month. It shows a jacked-up 6-foot-10 Walker walking outside the Florida basketball facility holding a pair of barbells stacked with 135 pounds in each hand. Some think it’s photo-shopped. Is it real? Judge below for yourself. Regardless, I’m told that Walker has made some significant strength gains this summer since first arriving on UF’s campus last December as a skinny… Read More »