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From college to NBA not easy coaching adjustment

Whether or not Florida coach Billy Donovan wants to scratch his NBA itch will depend on a number of factors. But there’s an opening in Oklahoma City, and Thunder general manager Sam Presti thinks highly of him. No interviews have been set up yet, but unlike UConn’s Kevin Ollie, Donovan has not issued any denials in regards to his interest or any assurances he’s staying in Gainesville. But if Donovan decides to make the jump to NBA a month shy… Read More »

Billy D offers no immediate comment on Thunder report, busy recruiting

Florida coach Billy Donovan doesn’t plan to offer any immediate comment on a report from Yahoo.com that labels him as a “serious candidate” for the Oklahoma City Thunder job. Donovan and Connecticut coach Kevin Ollie are considered the top two candidates to replace Oklahoma City coach Scott Brooks, who was fired Wednesday. Donovan has ties with the Oklahoma City organization. Former UF assistant to the head coach Mark Daigneault was hired as Oklahoma City’s D-League coach last year, while former… Read More »

Gators again dotting NBA playoff landscape

It’s become an annual rite of April. Easter baskets, afternoon showers and former Florida Gators suiting up in the NBA playoffs. According to a 24.7.com report, Florida has 10 former players in the NBA playoffs, the most of any school. The Gators lead traditional blueblood basketball programs Duke (9), North Carolina (9), Kentucky (8) and UCLA (7). I’ve written about it before, and it’s a testament to coach Billy Donovan’s ability to develop players and teach principles that contribute to… Read More »

Stone, Allen sign LOIs

Florida 2015 commitments Keith Stone and KeVaughn Allen made it official on Wednesday, signing his letter of intent on the first day of the spring period to join UF’s 2015 incoming freshman class. @Keith_Stone25 such an honor to have your signing day today! I am so proud of you..hard work pays off!! pic.twitter.com/z7tOz63I1D — Coach Guion (@kellyjohnguion) April 15, 2015 A four-star recruit, the 6-foot-7 Stone is currently the 97th ranked prospect in the nation the Class of 2015 according… Read More »

Despite best UF recruiting efforts, Grayson Allen followed dream to Duke

Florida fans who watched the impact that Duke freshman shooting guard Grayson Allen made off the bench against Wisconsin were left wondering the same thing. How could the Gators have let Allen get out of state? Could Florida have done more to land the McDonald’s All-American guard from Providence School in Jacksonville? Could Florida coach Billy Donovan have done more to close the deal? The answer, according to Providence basketball coach Jim Martin, is that Duke was simply Allen’s dream… Read More »

Gators hosting Fordham transfer

In an effort to turn around a 16-17 season, Florida coach Billy Donovan is once again trying to go to the transfer well. According to CBSSports.com’s Jon Rothstein, the Gators are hosting Fordham transfer Eric Paschall this weekend. A rising sophomore, the 6-foot-6, 205 pound Paschall averaged 15.9 points, 5.5 rebounds and 1 assists per game as a freshman while playing in the Atlantic 10. Those who have watched Paschall play describe him as an athletic, hard worker who isn’t… Read More »

Pitino: Billy D has urge to give NBA a try

There’s been much speculation on whether Billy Donovan would consider a jump to the NBA after 21 seasons as a college coach and 19 seasons at Florida. On Thursday morning, Donovan’s mentor, Louisville coach Rick Pitino, gave the strongest hint that the UF coach may give the pros a try in the near future. Appearing on ESPN’s Mike and Mike radio show, Pitino was asked if a college basketball coach could be successful in the NBA. During the answer, Pitino… Read More »

Frazier confirms he’s signing with agent, thanks fans

A day after declaring for the NBA draft, former Florida junior guard Michael Frazier confirmed he was signing an agent and thanked fans over his Twitter feed. Frazier tweeted that he’s signing with ASM sports, the same agency that represents former Gator players Taurean Green, Marreese Speights, Erik Murphy and Scottie Wilbekin. Frazier also said he intends to return to Florida each summer to complete his undergraduate degree. His statement on his Twitter feed reads: “Thank you to my coaches,… Read More »

Florida’s offense on steady decline

Florida coach Billy Donovan has prided himself on developing up-tempo offenses that gives players freedom to drive to the basket in transition and fire up 3-pointers. Under Donovan, the Gators have always found skilled passers and shooters and big men that can run the court. But since 2011-12, Florida’s offense has been on a steady decline under the 19-year future Hall of Fame coach. After Florida averaged 75.9 points per game in 2011-12 with a team that featured one-and-done Lottery… Read More »

Wilbekin moving on to Greece

After completing a successful season in Australia, former Gator point guard Scottie Wilbekin is moving on to play in Greece. Wilbekin signed with AEK Athens for the Greek 1 pro league on Tuesday and will play with the team for the rest of their season. Named the SEC’s player of the year in 2014, the 6-foot-2 Wilbekin helped lead UF to 30 straight wins last season and its fifth Final Four in school history. He went undrafted in the NBA… Read More »