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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 »

Gators offer top 2017 pg prospect

With July being an open evaluation period for recruiting, Florida has offered a scholarship to one of the top point guard prospects in 2017. Matt Coleman, a four-star point guard from Norfolk, Va., has been extended a scholarship offer to UF according to 247.com’s Jerry Meyer. The speedy, 6-foot Coleman is ranked the 28th best overall prospect in the country and fifth best point guard prospect in the nation according to 247.com’s national rankings. He’s also received scholarship offers from… Read More »

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 »