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Billy D to support Walker in any decision he makes

Based on his disappointing sophomore season, it’s hard to think of Florida sophomore center Chris Walker as an NBA draft pick. But the 6-foot-10 Walker could still decide to leave at the end of the season and take a gamble, hoping to get selected based on his athletic potential and upside. Either way, Florida coach Billy Donovan said he would support Walker. “During the season, it’s all about our team,” Donovan said. “Once the year ends, it gets back to… Read More »

Beyond the arc: 3 takeways from UF’s 57-56 win over Arkansas

Some observations following Florida’s 57-56 win over Arkansas: – Credit Florida for making plays down the stretch to win, but the Gators limped to the finish again offensively, scoring just four points in the final 6:24 of the game. Florida coach Billy Donovan felt like the Gators got good looks, but forward Dorian Finney-Smith and point guard Chris Chiozza missed open 3-point attempts in the final two minutes off good ball movement.”The thing I try to look at is what… Read More »

Frazier back at practice

Florida junior guard Michael Frazier II was back at practice Thursday and should play Saturday when the Gators host Arkansas. Frazier, UF’s leading scorer at 13.4 point per game, suffered a hip pointer in practice Monday and was questionable going into Tuesday’s game at Alabama. The 6-foot-4 junior guard started and played 32 minutes, but clearly wasn’t himself during UF’s 52-50 win over the Tide. Frazier had as many turnovers (5) as points (5) and had his school-record streak of… Read More »

Beyond the arc: 3 takeaways from UF’s 52-50 win over Alabama

Some observations following Florida’s 52-50 win over Alabama: – Florida coach Billy Donovan explained his decision to play freshman point guard Chris Chiozza down the stretch over sophomore point guard Kasey Hill. “He made a couple of plays, he knocked down that big 3 (to put Florida up 44-41) and he was engaged in the game, he was defending,” Donovan said. “Really there was no reason to take him out. It wasn’t that I was upset with Kasey or didn’t… Read More »

Billy D defends decisions on transfers

With Florida off to a 10-9 start, the inevitable question came up whether Florida coach Billy Donovan has been too reliant on bringing in transfers instead of recruiting more four-year players. Florida’s current active roster includes four transfers. Three are starters, forward Dorian Finney Smith (Virginia Tech), guard Eli Carter (Rutgers) and center Jon Horford (Michigan). UF’s fourth transfer, forward Alex Murphy (Duke), became eligible in December and is coming off the bench. Florida could have had another key transfer… Read More »

Beyond the arc: 3 takeaways from UF’s 72-71 loss to Ole Miss

Some observations from UF’s 72-71 loss at Ole Miss: – At what point do the Gators consider benching starting point guard Kasey Hill and giving freshman Chris Chiozza a shot? Hill turned in another woeful performance with 1 point, 6 assists and 4 turnovers. And 1 of 4 from the free-throw line from your starting point guard isn’t going to cut it. Hill just hasn’t been consistent or reliable enough throughout the season, and for all his explosive speed, he… Read More »

Billy D takes blame for recruiting

Florida’s season is desperately spiraling toward irrelevance. Heading into Saturday’s game against Ole Miss, Florida is 10-8, its worst 18-game start under Billy Donovan since going 9-9 to start the 1996-97 season. During a media availability on Friday, Donovan shouldered the blame on the construction of UF’s team. “If there’s one thing I take responsibility for, and hindsight is 20-20, our recruiting the last three or four years has been very, very challenging,” Donovan said. “I’m the one responsible for… Read More »

Florida signee to play in Ocala Tourney

Florida will be on the road to face Ole Miss this weekend. But fans interested in seeing high-level high school basketball teams and players, including Florida 2015 signee Kevarrius Hayes, can travel to Ocala on Saturday for the Vince Murray Challenge. The triple-header will be held at Trinity Catholic High School’s gym. Hayes’ Suwannee High team will face St. Petersburg at 4:30 p.m., followed by Potter’s House Christian Academy vs. Elevate Academy at 6 p.m. and Vanguard vs. Trinity Catholic… Read More »

Beyond the arc: 3 takeaways from UF’s 79-61 loss to LSU

Some observations following Florida’s 79-61 loss to LSU: – For as hard as Florida fought the keep the game close in the first half, the Gators closed the half with terrible execution. It began with a Dorian Finney-Smith turnover with 1:45 left, then freshman Chris Chiozza left LSU guard Keith Hornsby wide open for a 3-pointer in the corner to put LSU up 37-32. Jacob Kurtz missed a bunny with 3.1 seconds left and then, out of a timeout, Michael… Read More »

Beyond the arc: 3 takeaways from UF’s 73-61 loss at Georgia

Some observations following Florida’s 73-61 loss at Georgia: – Does Florida need to shorten its rotation? The Gators are now 10-deep (they actually played 11 with a brief appearance from walk-on Lexx Edwards), but no one in the game logged more than point guard Kasey Hill’s 26 minutes. With different combinations on the floor, Florida never looked settled offensively and had 19 turnovers. Leading scorer Dorian Finney-Smith played 25 minutes and second-leading scorer Michael Frazier logged 23 minutes for the… Read More »