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Young impresses at NBA combine

You knew the 2014 Chicago predraft camp was well suited for former Florida senior center Patric Young because it displayed his physical skills. Young made the most of his opportunity with a strong showing — literally. Young bench pressed 185 pounds 25 straight times, the most of any player at the combine and two off Jason Keep’s NBA combine record of 27 reps. Young also measured at 6-foot-10 without sneakers, a passable size for an NBA center. Most NBA draft… Read More »

Young accepts invite to NBA draft combine

Per the webiste Draftexpress.com, former Florida center Patric Young has accepted an invite to the NBA draft combine May 14-18 in Chicago. The 6-foot-9, 240-pound Young is projected as a mid-to-late second round draft pick  (Draftexpress has Young going 40th overall to Minnesota Timberwolves in latest mock draft). Young averaged 11 points and 6.2 rebounds in his senior season while earning SEC defensive player of the year honors to help lead Florida to its fifth Final Four appearance in school… Read More »

Gators in mix for USF transfer C

After landing Michigan forward Jon Horford, Florida apparently isn’t done on the transfer market. The Gators are in the mix USF transfer center John Egbunu, per a report from CBSSports.com’s Jon Rothstein. According to Rothstein, Edgbunu visited Michigan State on Wednesday will visit Georgetown this weekend. It’s unclear if or when he’ll visit UF, but Egbunu reportedly also has interest in Arizona and the Gators. The 6-foot-10, 245-pound Egbunu averaged 7.4 points and 6.2 rebounds as a freshman at USF… Read More »

Miller turns back clock again

At 34, former Gator standout Mike Miller is still displaying the ability to come up big in big moments in an NBA playoff series. Miller scored a team-high 21 points for the Memphis Grizzlies in a 100-99 overtime win against the Oklahoma City Thunder in a Game 5 playoff win Tuesday night. The 13-year NBA veteran made 5 of 8 3-pointers, including two in overtime, and added three assists and three steals in 31 minutes off the bench. “Mike Miller,”… Read More »

Tyus shining in Israel

While a number of Gators are making an impact in the NBA playoffs, even more are playing well overseas. One is former Gator forward Alex Tyus, who was named Euroleague’s MVP for April on Tuesday. Tyus has helped lead Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv to the Euroleague Final Four. During Maccabi’s playoff run, the 6-foot-9 Tyus averaged 13.5 points, 5.5 rebounds and 2 blocked shots. Here’s a highlight video of Tyus during Maccabi’s playoff run. A three year starter and four-year… Read More »

Horford commits to UF

The much anticipated transfer of forward Jon Horford to Florida is a done deal. The 6-foot-10, 250-pound Horford agreed to transfer to the Gators on Saturday morning. Pending final paperwork, Florida will likely announce the transfer early next week. “I just wanted to go somewhere where I could trust the coaching staff and where the coaching staff, I felt, had faith in me as a player,” Horford said. “I talked to a lot of schools, but Florida just felt like… Read More »

Eight Gators on SEC honor roll

Florida was a cerebral team throughout its 2014 run to its fifth Final Four in school history. That showed up in the classroom. Led by Southeastern Conference scholar athlete of the year Patric Young, eight Gator basketball players made the SEC academic honor roll on Friday. The list included Young, Florida senior forward Will Yeguete, sophomore guard Michael Frazier, sophomore forward Dorian Finney-Smith, junior walk-on guard Billy Donovan, junior walk-on guard/forward Jacob Kurtz, sophomore guard Dillon Graham and sophomore forward… Read More »

Gators pass on Jackson Davis

Florida canceled its in-home visit with 2014 frontcourt prospect Jackson Davis on Wednesday. According to Davis’ father, former Kentucky forward Jonathan Davis, it was a friendly parting. Davis said his son talked on a conference call a few hours with Florida coach Billy Donovan and Florida assistant coach John Pelphrey. “We did keep the meeting,” Jonathan Davis said. “But after talking on the phone we realized that Jackson wants to go somewhere where he can make an immediate impact, play… Read More »

Billy D’s name floated for T’wolves job

Coming off a Final Four season, Florida coach Billy Donovan’s name is being floated in NBA circles again. This time, it’s the Minnesota Timberwolves. According to plugged in ESPN.com NBA reporter Marc Stein, the NBA franchise from the great white north is considering Donovan as a replacement for retired head coach Rick Adelman. Michigan State’s Tom Izzo and Iowa State’s Fred Hoiberg also are potential candidates.   Wolves vowing comprehensive search to find coach who can help them persuade Kevin… Read More »

Another Horford to UF?

Florida appears on the verge of adding more valuable frontcourt depth with a familiar name. Jon Horford, the younger brother of former Gators and current Atlanta Hawks standout Al Horford, has received a scholarship offer from Florida. According to MLive.com’s Brendan F. Quinn, the interest between the Michigan transfer and Florida is mutual. ESPN.com’s Jeff Goodman also has been following the Horford-to-Florida story and tweeted this Friday morning:   Florida and Michigan transfer Jon Horford moving closer, sources told ESPN.… Read More »