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Wilbekin excited to see Hill at point

It’s clear that rising sophomore Florida point guard Kasey Hill has big shoes to fill. In replacing departed Southeastern Conference player of the year Scottie Wilbekin at point guard, Hill is arguably the most important returning player for the Gators next season. The lightning-quick Hill showed flashes of his McDonald’s All-American ability last year but will need to be more consistent if the Gators are to make another deep run in the NCAA Tournament in 2014-15. Hill had a taste… Read More »

Moss still playing in Japan, coaching next?

Former Gator forward Adrian Moss turned 32 last December, but in basketball years, he says he feels older than that. “You start playing against dudes who were born in the 90s, that’s when you know you are getting old,” Moss said. But Moss, a key reserve on UF’s 2006 national title team, is still plugging away at a professional basketball career. After playing last summer in Uruguay, Moss spent this past season playing for a team in Nara, Japan, about… Read More »

Young making early summer impression

After not being picked in the NBA draft, former Gator center Patric Young appears to be taking his frustration out on other teams in the Las Vegas NBA summer league. Young is off to a good start, averaging 10.5 points and 9.5 rebounds in two summer games with the New Orleans Pelicans. The 6-foot-9, 240-pound Jacksonville native posted a double-double (11 points, 13 rebounds) in his first NBA summer league game for the Pelicans against the NBA D-League Select team.… Read More »

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 »