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Gators could add big man for 2016 class, Barry visiting

The recent dismissal of Travis Ford at Oklahoma State could end up a boon to Florida from a recruiting standpoint. Gorjok Gak, a 6-foot-11, 215-pound center from Victory Rock Christian School in Bradenton, plans to take an official visit to UF’s campus from April 18-20, according to his high school coach, Loren Jackson. Gak signed last November with Oklahoma State, but was able to get a release from his LOI when Ford was let go in March. Jackson said Gak’s… Read More »

NBA scout: Robinson not ready

When it comes to the NBA draft, it takes just one team to fall in love with you. But one NBA scout, speaking on the condition of anonymity, said he thinks Florida forward Devin Robinson would be best served to return to school for his junior season. The 6-foot-8 Robinson announced he’s putting his name into the NBA draft without an agent. Robinson will go through predraft workouts and has until May 25 to decide whether to return for his… Read More »

The 06-07 Gators, a nod to greatness

As a young beat reporter 10 years ago, I stumbled on a goldmine. A talented and colorful collection of players recruited by Billy Donovan that morphed into a dominant team. Along the way, there were so many stories. Joakim Noah was as comfortable talking about global issues as he was about his latest stick-back dunk. I went to Corey Brewer’s one-stoplight hometown in Portland, Tenn., and Lee Humphrey’s hometown in Maryville, Tenn. Al Horford, more strong and silent, still could… Read More »

Demolition phase underway for O’Dome project

The O’Connell Center’s $64.5 million interior renovation project took another step forward with the beginning of the demolition phase this week. “It’s a culmination of 21 months since we had our first construction meeting,” said UF associate athletic director for internal affairs Chip Howard.  “The design team and construction management firm have worked really hard, so it’s a big day to finally get underway with a very important, critical project here for the university.” General contractor Brasfield and Gorrie and… Read More »

Beyond the arc: 3 takeaways from Florida’s 82-77 loss at George Washington

Some observations following Florida’s 82-77 loss at George Washington on Wednesday night: – For as well as the Gators played offensively throughout the game, they took some questionable shots down the stretch. Two that stood out — a deep 3-point attempt by senior forward Dorian Finney-Smith with Florida trailing 74-73 with under two minutes left and a long mid-range jumper attempt by Devin Robinson with the Gators down 78-74 and under a minute to go. In both instances, Florida would… Read More »

Beyond the arc: 3 takeaways from Florida’s 74-66 win over Ohio State

Some observations following Florida’s 74-66 win over Ohio State in the NIT Tournament: – Credit Florida freshman center Kevarrius Hayes for stepping up in John Egbunu’s absence. Hayes scored a career-high 14 points by staying within himself and not forcing his own offense. The 6-foot-9 Hayes went 5-of-5 from the floor, scoring two baskets on putbacks and two more baskets on dishes from point guard Kasey Hill. He also went 4-of-4 from the foul line, a marked improvement considering he… Read More »

White pleased with Stone’s progress

Keith Stone chose to redshirt his freshman season at Florida in an effort to mature physically and not get stuck on the bench behind a glut of experienced UF forwards. Florida coach Mike White said Friday he’s been pleased with the progress of the 6-8, 233 pound Stone, a three/four-star prospect out of Deerfield Beach. “He’s had a really good season,” White said. “I know, it’s easy to say that. We talked about it as a staff that teams are… Read More »

White willing to explore transfer market

With Florida missing the NCAA Tournament for the second straight year, first-year coach Mike White knows there’s work to be done to improve the roster for next season. Don’t be surprised if one of those avenues is through bringing in a transfer or two. White said he’s willing to explore the transfer market this offseason. “Potentially, we’re open to all avenues of improving this program, improving this roster,” White said. “Year in and year out, we’ll recruit high school kids,… Read More »

Beyond the arc: 3 takeaways from UF’s 97-68 win over UNF

Some observations following Florida’s 97-68 win over UNF in its NIT opener on Tuesday night. – Credit Florida sophomore center John Egbunu through fighting through a torn ligament in his right thumb for a third straight game on post a double-double (13 points, 10 rebounds), albeit against an undersized UNF frontline. Egbunu will have surgery to repair the thumb on Thursday and will be shut down for the rest of the season. The 6-foot-11, 249-pound Nigeria native posted six double-doubles… Read More »

Beyond the arc: 3 takeaways from UF’s 72-66 loss to Texas A&M

Some observations following UF’s 72-66 loss to Texas A&M on Friday in the SEC Tournament quarterfinals: — Florida freshman center Kevarrius Hayes needs to put on a little more bulk in the offseason. The 210-pound Hayes was no match inside for freshman, 265-pound Texas A&M center Tyler Davis. Hayes took a step back from his performance against Arkansas, finishing with just 2 points and a blocked shot in 11 minutes against the Aggies. Because Hayes was ineffective, Florida was forced… Read More »