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ESPN analysts high on Gators

While Florida coach Billy Donovan doesn’t view the 2014-15 Gators as a top 10 team yet, a pair of analysts from ESPN think it’s only a matter of time before the Gators get there. “I like the Gators a lot,” said ESPN college basketball analyst Sean Farnham, who will calling tonight’s Florida-William & Mary game for the SEC Network. ” I think they are going to be right where we always expect them to be. “Replacing seniors is difficult, but… Read More »

UF commit status in limbo

Florida has yet to announce its 2015 signing class, and when it does, a notable name could be left off the list. North Little Rock (Ark) High basketball coach Johnny Rice told the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette that guard KeVaughn Allen is “still committed” to Florida, but won’t sign during this week’s early Division I signing period. Allen’s delay in signing could be a numbers issue. The Gators are severely oversigned for 2015-16, with 16 scholarship players slated to fill 13 spots.… Read More »

Gators trying to settle Robinson down

From forcing shots to over-committing on defensive assignments, talented freshman Florida forward Devin Robinson showed his share of jitters during last week’s exhibition game against Barry. Florida players and coaches talked to Robinson following the game. The message — relax and let the game come to you. “I talked to him, just told him to settle down mentally,” Florida junior guard Michael Frazier II said. “I think he put a lot of pressure on himself going into the game and… Read More »

Scouting Report: William & Mary

Here’s an early scouting report of Florida’s season-opening opponent this Friday, William & Mary, courtesy of Blue Ribbon Magazine: The Tribe return two starters from a team that finished 20-12. Blue Ribbon picked William & Mary to win the Colonial Athletic Conference this season and picked returning 6-4 senior guard Marcus Thornton as the league’s player of the year. William & Mary narrowly missed the NCAA Tournament last year on a missed shot at the buzzer against Delaware in the… Read More »

Billy D wants more from Kurtz

On the suface, Florida walk-on forward Jacob Kurtz put together another workmanlike effort in Thursday’s preseason game against Barry. The 6-foot-6 Kurtz had 6 points and 2 rebounds in 17 minutes off the bench.  He came up with a loose ball out of a scrum and had a big putback shot in the second half to put Florida up 71-59 with 3:52 remaining. But Florida coach Billy Donovan said he expects more from Kurtz, a heady fifth-year senior who stepped… Read More »

Beyond the arc: 3 takeaways from UF’s preseason win vs. Barry

Some thoughts following UF’s 79-70 preseason win over Division II Barry: – Billy Donovan was blunt in saying following the game the Gators don’t have a back-to-the-basket scorer. Redshirt senior Jon Horford tried hard, but it’s clear that he’s not an offensive force. Horford got the time on the court he lacked at Michigan, logging 32 minutes and finishing with 5 points, 10 rebounds, 3 assists and 2 steals. Expect Horford to continue to get plenty of playing time until… Read More »

Wilbekin shines down under

While Florida is starting the 2014-15 with a new cast, one of UF’s senior standouts from a season ago is off to a good start professionally. Florida point guard Scottie Wilbekin was named player of the month for October for the Cairns Taipans of the Australian National Basketball League. The former 2014 SEC player of the year is currently fourth in the league in scoring at 18.2 ppg and fifth in assists at 4.3 apg. “He keeps a really strong… Read More »

Gators enjoying success in NBA

One of the marvels of the Billy Donovan era at Florida has been his ability to not just coach players to college success, but develop them for the next level. Entering the 2014-15 season, 12 former Gators are on NBA rosters. Of the 12, four are among the 44 highest paid players in the NBA. David Lee remains the highest-paid former Gator at $15.01 million (21st highest paid overall), followed by Dallas Mavericks forward Chandler Parons (29th, $14,7 million), Chicago… Read More »

Gators played two 5-man units during 2000 FF run

Listen to college basketball coaches long enough, and you understand there’s a little P.T. Barnum in all of them. But Kentucky coach John Calipari raised more than a few eyebrows when he said during the preseason he intended to play two five-man units during the 2014-15 season and was doing “something that’s never been done in college basketball before.” I seem to remember a Florida team in 2000 that played two five-man squads and made a run all the way… Read More »

Frazier: FF loss to UConn still stings

More than six months removed from from Florida’s Final Four loss against Connecticut, Florida junior guard Michael Frazier II is still having a hard time accepting it. Frazier was among the most devastated players in the locker room following UF’s 63-53 loss to the Huskies. The loss snapped UF’s 30-game win streak and ended the season at 36-3, two wins shy of a national title. “I still got that sour taste in my mouth from that game,” Frazier said at… Read More »