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Gators to face Oklahoma State in OB Classic

Florida’s non-conference basketball schedule is continuing to take shape. The Gators announced that they will face Oklahoma State in the Orange Bowl Classic on Dec. 19 in Sunrise. The start time and TV info will be set at a later date. The Cowboys, coached by former Kentucky shooting guard Travis Ford, return two starters from a team that finished 18-14 season and reached the NCAA Tournament as a nine seed last season. It’s the first meeting between Florida and Oklahoma… Read More »

Carter heading to BC

Former Florida guard Eli Carter announced via Twitter that he’s transferring to Boston College next season. The 6-foot-2 Carter visited Georgetown and UNLV, and also considered returning to UF, but decided Boston College would be the best fit for his final season. Carter is due to complete his undergraduate degree at UF over the summer and will be eligible to play immediately at Boston College next season as a graduate transfer. First I would like to say thanks to all… Read More »

Gators to host FGCU on Nov. 27

Florida has added another in-state opponent to its 2015-16 basketball schedule. The Gators will host Florida Gulf Coast University on Nov. 27 at the O’Connell Center. It will be the first meeting between the two schools since the 2013 Sweet 16, which Florida won 62-50 in Arlington, Texas. Much has changed for FGCU (a.k.a. Dunk City) since its surprise Sweet 16 run as a 15-seed in 2013. Then FGCU coach Andy Enfield left for USC shortly after the tournament ended.… Read More »

Murphy to compete for Finland at World University Games

Florida forward Alex Murphy will continue a critical offseason with a chance to shine on an international stage. Murphy is leaving for Finland on Saturday to practice with the Finnish National Team and will compete for the country from July 3-14 at the 2015 World University Games. Murphy’s mother, Paivi, is from Finland, which qualifies all three of the family sons to play for Finland in international competition. Former Gator forward Erik Murphy played for Finland in the 2014 FIBA… Read More »

Former UF signee Dickerson lands at Washington

It didn’t take long for former Florida power forward signee Noah Dickerson to find a new home. The 6-foot-8, 245-pound Dickerson will attend Washington next season after being granted his release from the Gators. Dickerson, an Atlanta native and former Montverde (Fla.) Academy four-star standout, was the lone member of UF’s 2015 class to ask out of his letter of intent after Billy Donovan left the Gators for the Oklahoma City Thunder. Guard KeVaughn Allen, forward Kevarrius Hayes and forward… Read More »

Brewer hosting camp in Gainesville again

Former Gator standout forward Corey Brewer, a key member of UF’s back-to-back national title teams in 2006 and 2007, will be returning to Gainesville to hold his sixth annual Fight Diabetes Back 2 Back youth basketball camp. The camp will be held at Buchholz High from Aug. 3-5 and will include instruction from the Houston Rockets forward. “I am looking forward to another great camp in Gainesville working with the kid as well as raising funds for diabetes care and… Read More »

White working on relationship with Finney-Smith

A key for new Florida basketball coach Michael White will be to establish relationships with players he inherited. One of those notable players is versatile fifth-year senior power forward Dorian Finney-Smith, who led the Gators in scoring (13.1 ppg) and rebounding (6.2 rpg) last season. The 6-foot-9 Finney-Smith contemplated declaring for the NBA draft, but opted to return to UF in early April. In a statement regarding his return, Finney-Smith said he was “excited” to work with Billy Donovan. A… Read More »

White’s in-state recruiting ties date back to Ole Miss

New Florida basketball coach Michael White expressed in-state recruiting as a priority in his introductory press conference. Ole Miss coach Andy Kennedy, for one, knows about White’s ability to recruit the Sunshine State. As an assistant at Ole Miss from 2004-11 (under Kennedy from 06-11), White helped land a handful of high school players from Florida. The most notable was Chris Warren, a former All-SEC point guard from Dr. Phillips in Orlando who played for the Rebels from 2007-11. Warren… Read More »

Could Eli come back?

Florida received some good news on Monday when incoming freshman shooting guard KeVaughn Allen told the coaching staff he intends to honor his Letter of Intent and play for the Gators. For new UF coach Michael White to hold on to three of four signees from the 2015 freshman class in the transition from departed coach Billy Donovan is a big first step for his tenure. With Allen (54th ranked by ESPN.com nationally, 18th ranked sg), Florida’s class remains respectable.… Read More »

May to join UF’s staff

Florida rounded out its coaching staff under new head coach Michael White on Thursday night when Dusty May joined the staff as an assistant coach. BleedTechBlue.com first reported May coming to Florida after the 39-year-old assistant was dropped from consideration from being promoted to head coach at Lousiana Tech. May began his career as a student manager at Indiana under Bobby Knight, then worked as a video coordinator at IU under Mike Davis. He also spent two seasons as an… Read More »