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ESPN names Billy D best coach in country

ESPN concluded its list of top 50 basketball coaches in the country, and surprise or not, Florida coach Billy Donovan is number one on the list. In naming Donovan the best coach in the country, ESPN.com’s college basketball staff took into account his ability to build a perennial basketball power at a football school, four straight deep runs in the NCAA Tournaments and, in this past season, getting a team with just six scholarship players in the beginning of the… Read More »

Former Gator standout high on Frazier

Florida guard Michael Frazier II had a breakout sophomore season, setting a school-record for 3-pointers in a season (118) while helping lead the Gators to their fifth Final Four appearance in school history. But, according to former Florida standout guard Teddy Dupay, the best could be yet to come for UF’s lone returning starter next season. Dupay has worked out with Frazier “three or four times a week” so far this offseason in Frazier’s native Tampa. “He’s improved so much,”… Read More »

Billy D talks transfers, Team USA on SEC teleconference

Florida coach Billy Donovan addressed a variety of topics on Monday’s Southeastern Conference men’s basketball coaches teleconference. On Florida building through transfers, with six transfers on UF’s current roster: “When you’ve got a high school player going through the recruiting process there is so many things coming at them and they don’t have any level of experience playing in college, so they don’t know what maybe college life is like or getting acclimated to a team, a new environment, new… Read More »

Young accepts invite with Pelicans

After a surprise snub in the NBA draft, Florida senior center Patric Young will try to latch on in the Big Easy. The 6-foot-9, 250-pound Young confirmed Friday he’s accepted a summer league invite with the New Orleans Pelicans. Young said he didn’t work out for the Pelicans, but that they were one of the first teams that interviewed him during the NBA draft combine. “I think that during the interview that they were impressed that my focus was on… Read More »

Wilbekin to get summer shot w/Grizzlies, Sixers

Former Florida point guard Scottie Wilbekin will get an opportunity to impress NBA two teams during summer league play. Wilbekin’s agent, Matt Ramker, announced on his Twitter account that Wilbekin has accepted invitations to play with the Memphis Grizzlies in the Orlando summer league in early July and the  Philadelphia 76ers in the Las Vegas summer league in mid-July. Wilbekin earned Southeastern Conference player of the year honors, fueling the Gators to a 36-3 record and their fifth Final Four… Read More »

Wilbekin, Prather trying to improve stock

The NBA draft is coming up on Thursday, and while former Florida senior center Patric Young is moving up on some draft boards, the status of point guard Scottie Wilbekin and small forward Casey Prather remains more murky. Neither Prather nor Wilbekin are projected to go in the top two rounds on any major NBA mock drafts. Both players have had a number or private workouts with NBA teams, with Wilbekin most recently working out for the San Antonio Spurs.… Read More »

Erik Murphy to play for Finnish national team

After a rookie NBA season that included limited playing time and a trade, things are looking up for former Gator forward Erik Murphy. Murphy will play for the Finnish National Team in August in the FIBA World Cup. In July, the 6-foot-10 sharp-shooting forward will play with the summer league team for the Utah Jazz in Las Vegas. After being drafted in the second round by the Chicago Bulls in the 2013 NBA draft, Murphy was traded from the Bulls… Read More »

Young still projected in second round

With eight days left before the NBA draft, former Florida center Patric Young remains projected as a mid-to-late second round draft pick. CBSSprots.com’s Gary Parrish had Young going 47th overall to the Washington Wizards in his latest mock draft. Draftexpress.com projects Young to go 42nd to the Houston Rockets. Young told Jim Rome that based on feedback he’s received, he could get picked anywhere from 25th to 40th overall in the NBA Draft. You can listen to the full interview… Read More »

Bonner earns another NBA title ring

Former Gator forward Matt Bonner earned his second NBA title ring when the San Antonio Spurs finished off the Miami Heat on Sunday night. Bonner also won an NBA title ring with the Spurs in 2007. Overall, six Florida players have combined for 11 NBA titles. Nine of the 11 titles have come from players coached under current head coach Billy Donovan. The only exception is Vernon Maxwell, who won NBA title rings with the Houston Rockets in 1994 and… Read More »

Could Devin Robinson start for Gators next season?

Florida’s incoming 2014 class will arrive on campus when the second summer session starts at the end of the month. Of the three incoming freshmen, the one that has created the most intrigue is 6-foot-8 forward Devin Robinson. The Chesterfield, Va., native is considered the most talented of the class. As a fifth-year prep student at Christchurch School in Christchurch, Va., Robinson wasn’t eligible to make the McDonald’s All-American team. In his projected UF starting lineup for the 2014-15, CBSSports.com… Read More »