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Pelphrey taking year off

Former Gator assistant basketball coach John Pelphrey appears content to spend next season away from coaching. Pelphrey told Kentucky.com following his induction into the Kentucky basketball high school Hall of Fame that he’s going to take a year off to spend time with his family. “More than likely, I’m not going to be coaching next year,” Pelphrey told Kentucky.com. “A couple of people have reached out in terms of broadcasting. We’ll have to wait and see if anything materializes there.”… Read More »

New uniform numbers for freshmen set

Florida announced uniform numbers for its three incoming freshmen on Friday. Shooting guard KeVaughn Allen will wear number 4, while forward Kevarrius Hayes will wear 13 and forward Keith Stone will wear 23. In addition, junior swingman DeVon Walker is changing his uniform number from 25 to 1, a number made available when former Gator guard Eli Carter transferred to Boston College. Incoming junior college transfer forward Justin Leon’s uniform number hasn’t been decided yet. Other notes: – Florida junior… Read More »

Wilbekin off to strong summer league start

Former Gator point guard Scottie Wilbekin is making an early bid to turn heads in the Orlando Magic organization. The former 2014 SEC player of the year had 15 points on five 3-pointers on Wednesday, leading the Orlando Magic white team to an 81-68 win over the Charlotte Hornets on Wednesday in NBA summer league action. Wilbekin, who played last season professionally overseas in Australia and Greece, is averaging 10 ppg and 2.3 apg in three summer league games this… Read More »

Florida ranked 38th nationally in bk attendance in 14-15

In Billy Donovan’s final season, Florida remained among the upper tier in college basketball attendance in 2014-15. Florida ranked 38th nationally and fifth in the SEC, averaging 10,570 fans per game in 16 dates despite a disappointing 16-17 season. Based on tickets sold, Florida was at 87.5 percent capacity in the 12,000-seat O’Connell Center. Florida had four sellouts last season, all on weekend SEC home games against Mississippi State, Arkansas, Kentucky and Tennessee. Had Florida sold out all its home… Read More »

Dupay impressed with White, going for Guinness 3s record

Former Gator guard Teddy Dupay attended Florida’s team summer basketball camp last weekend and came away impressed with new coach Michael White and his staff. “Whenever there is a change I think there is always a thought that the worst might happen, the wheels are coming off,” Dupay said. “And it’s quite the opposite. The enthusiasm that everyone around campus has for him, certainly the (assistant) coaches they were doing their thing, looking great. You could tell that they are… Read More »

Gators to face Oklahoma State in OB Classic

Florida’s non-conference basketball schedule is continuing to take shape. The Gators announced that they will face Oklahoma State in the Orange Bowl Classic on Dec. 19 in Sunrise. The start time and TV info will be set at a later date. The Cowboys, coached by former Kentucky shooting guard Travis Ford, return two starters from a team that finished 18-14 season and reached the NCAA Tournament as a nine seed last season. It’s the first meeting between Florida and Oklahoma… Read More »

Carter heading to BC

Former Florida guard Eli Carter announced via Twitter that he’s transferring to Boston College next season. The 6-foot-2 Carter visited Georgetown and UNLV, and also considered returning to UF, but decided Boston College would be the best fit for his final season. Carter is due to complete his undergraduate degree at UF over the summer and will be eligible to play immediately at Boston College next season as a graduate transfer. First I would like to say thanks to all… Read More »

Gators to host FGCU on Nov. 27

Florida has added another in-state opponent to its 2015-16 basketball schedule. The Gators will host Florida Gulf Coast University on Nov. 27 at the O’Connell Center. It will be the first meeting between the two schools since the 2013 Sweet 16, which Florida won 62-50 in Arlington, Texas. Much has changed for FGCU (a.k.a. Dunk City) since its surprise Sweet 16 run as a 15-seed in 2013. Then FGCU coach Andy Enfield left for USC shortly after the tournament ended.… Read More »

Murphy to compete for Finland at World University Games

Florida forward Alex Murphy will continue a critical offseason with a chance to shine on an international stage. Murphy is leaving for Finland on Saturday to practice with the Finnish National Team and will compete for the country from July 3-14 at the 2015 World University Games. Murphy’s mother, Paivi, is from Finland, which qualifies all three of the family sons to play for Finland in international competition. Former Gator forward Erik Murphy played for Finland in the 2014 FIBA… Read More »

Former UF signee Dickerson lands at Washington

It didn’t take long for former Florida power forward signee Noah Dickerson to find a new home. The 6-foot-8, 245-pound Dickerson will attend Washington next season after being granted his release from the Gators. Dickerson, an Atlanta native and former Montverde (Fla.) Academy four-star standout, was the lone member of UF’s 2015 class to ask out of his letter of intent after Billy Donovan left the Gators for the Oklahoma City Thunder. Guard KeVaughn Allen, forward Kevarrius Hayes and forward… Read More »