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Gators could land big man recruit

Florida could end up with a big man added to its 2016 class by early next week. Three-star 6-foot-9 power forward Dontay Bassett visited the Florida campus over the weekend and is expected to choose between Florida and Colorado on Tuesday. 2016 PF Dontay Bassett of Oldsmar Christian (FL) will choose between Colorado & Florida on October 13th. #LOCHoops — Lineage of Champions (@MyLineOfChamps) October 11, 2015 Bassett goes to the same high school (Oldsmar Christian outside of Tampa) as… Read More »

Billy D wins NBA preseason debut

Yes, it’s only preseason. But former Florida coach Billy Donovan had an impressive debut coaching for the Oklahoma Thunder on Wednesday night. Donovan led the Thunder to a 122-99 win at the Minnesota Timberwolves in his first NBA preseason game. Like in 19 years coaching at Florida, Donovan’s Thunder team won with balanced scoring and a quick start. Seven Thunder players scored in double figures, led by Serge Ibaka’s 18 points. The Thunder jumped to a quick 42-28 lead in… Read More »

Humphrey hangs it up

Sad to report that one of the all-time clutch shooters in college basketball history has decided to end his pro basketball career. Former Gator guard Lee Humphrey, who remains the all-time NCAA Tournament leader in 3-pointers made with 47, has decided to go into the business world in Jacksonville rather than continue playing overseas. Humphrey played last season for BC Juventus of the Lithuanian League but appeared in just two games due to a back injury. “It was tough,” Humphrey… Read More »

Predictions mixed on Gators in SEC

Three major college basketball preview magazines hit newsstands this week. Two picked the Gators to finish in the middle of the pack of the SEC. One picked Florida to finish even lower than that. Athlon magazine picked Florida to finish 5th in the SEC, while Lindy’s picked Florida to finish 8th in the 14-team league. Sporting News picked Florida 11th. Based on those projections, it’s clear that first-year coach Mike White has work to do to in order to get… Read More »

Gators offer three more OC players

The Gators are hoping a small, traditional high school basketball power school outside Tampa could serve as a future pipeline of talent. After landing 2016 combo guard commitment Eric Hester out of Oldsmar Christian School, the Gators have offered scholarships to three of his high school teammates, 2016 forward Dontay Bassett, 2017 wing player L.J. Figueroa and 2018 point guard Elijah Weaver. Bassett (6-9, 190 pounds, three-star per 24.7.com) was the latest to be offered a scholarship on Thursday. He’s… Read More »

Gators visit shot-blocking specialist

New Florida coach Mike White and his staff are on the road recruiting this week during an open September period. On Wednesday, the Gator staff paid a visit to 7-foot-1, 230-pound shot-blocking specialist Ike Obiagu, according to Scout.com national recruiting analyst Evan Daniels. Obiagu is a native of Nigeria playing this season in Decatur, Ga., at Greenleaf Christian Academy.  According to most recruiting websites, Obiagu projects as an elite shot-blocker in college, capable of compiling swats on the perimeter as… Read More »

Canadian big man to visit Florida

The Gators will get a visit from a prospect north of the border later this month. Eddie Ekiyor, a 6-9, 220-pound four-star forward from Ottawa, Canada, will vist the UF campus the weekend of the Tennessee game (Sept. 25-27). Ekiyor is re-classifying to enroll in January of 2016, but wouldn’t be eligible to begin practicing until May and begin playing until the 2016-17 season. Miami, Villanova and Oregon also have offered Ekiyor scholarships. 2016 UF combo guard commit Eric Hester… Read More »

Florida-WVU to tip at noon

The start times for the SEC-Big 12 Challenge were set by ESPN and the leagues on Wednesday. Florida will host West Virginia with a tip-time of noon at the O’Connell Center on Jan. 30. The game will air on either ESPN or ESPN2. West Virginia returns three starters from a team that reached the Sweet 16 last season under coach Bob Huggins. Both leagues decided to move the event from early December to late January to give it more visibility… Read More »

Florida to host Palm Beach Atlantic in exhibition

Florida announced Wednesday night it will host Palm Beach Atlantic in its lone official exhibition game on Nov. 5 (7 p.m. tip) at the O’Connell Center. Palm Beach Atlantic finished last season 10-16 overall as a Division II Independent. The Sailfish are coached by Dave Balza, who previously coached at Florida Gulf Coast University before FGCU went Division I. Former UF point guard Eddie Shannon was an assistant at Palm Beach Atlantic last season, but left during the offseason to… Read More »

Frazier agrees to terms with Lakers

Former Florida guard Michael Frazier II will get a shot in preseason camp this fall with one of the NBAs most storied franchises. Frazier agreed to terms on a two-year deal with the Los Angeles Lakers on Sunday with a small guarantee. According to the Los Angeles Times, the deal is for two years at about $1.4 million with a $50,000 buyout if Frazier doesn’t make the team out of camp. But it’s a shot for the former UF sharp-shooter… Read More »