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Bonner earns another NBA title ring

Former Gator forward Matt Bonner earned his second NBA title ring when the San Antonio Spurs finished off the Miami Heat on Sunday night. Bonner also won an NBA title ring with the Spurs in 2007. Overall, six Florida players have combined for 11 NBA titles. Nine of the 11 titles have come from players coached under current head coach Billy Donovan. The only exception is Vernon Maxwell, who won NBA title rings with the Houston Rockets in 1994 and… Read More »

Could Devin Robinson start for Gators next season?

Florida’s incoming 2014 class will arrive on campus when the second summer session starts at the end of the month. Of the three incoming freshmen, the one that has created the most intrigue is 6-foot-8 forward Devin Robinson. The Chesterfield, Va., native is considered the most talented of the class. As a fifth-year prep student at Christchurch School in Christchurch, Va., Robinson wasn’t eligible to make the McDonald’s All-American team. In his projected UF starting lineup for the 2014-15, CBSSports.com… Read More »

Billy D fifth highest paid coach in college basketball

USA Today came out with its voluminous list of athletic department finances on Thursday. The list included the top paid college basketball coaches in the country in 2014. Florida’s Billy Donovan ranked fifth on the list at $3.905 million, a shade ahead of Michigan State’s Tom Izzo (sixth at $3.893 million). The full list can be found here. Donovan ranks fifth behind Duke’s Mike Krzyzewski ($9.682 million), Louisville’s Rick Pitino ($5.758 million), Kentucky’s John Calipari ($5.511 million) and Kansas’ Bill… Read More »

Billy D seeks offseason growth from Chris Walker

It’s safe to say that Florida’s success in 2014-15 will hinge on if former McDonald’s forward Chris Walker takes a big step forward between his freshman and sophomore year. Gator fans saw the flashes of athletic potential — the two alley-oop dunks in his debut against Missouri, the 7 points and 3 rebounds in six minutes off the bench in UF’s Sweet 16 win over UCLA, the 5 quick points off the bench in the Southeastern Conference Tournament title game… Read More »

Florida-Miami could resume hoops series

While it may take a while for Florida and Miami to play again in football, it appears the two schools are close to resuming a series in men’s basketball. Florida associate athletic director Mike Hill confirmed a Miami Herald report that Miami and Florida are talking about resuming a home-and-home series that could begin next season. “Nothing has been finalized yet,” Hill said. Miami and Florida last played in the 2009 NIT, with the Gators winning 74-60 at the O’Connell… Read More »

At 49, Billy D hitting coaching prime

Florida coach Billy Donovan turned 49 on Friday. And while he’s already accomplished plenty at Florida, the numbers suggest if he stays at UF, the best is yet to come. Donovan has coached UF to four Final Four appearances in 18 seasons, reaching his fourth Final Four two months shy of his 49th birthday. In comparison, UCLA coach John Wooden didn’t reach his fourth Final Four until he was 56 (he led the Bruins to eight more Final Four appearances… Read More »

SEC Tourney success in Tampa hinges on Gators

When the Southeastern Conference announced Tampa will host the 2022 SEC men’s basketball tournament, it brought rolls of eyes from the rest of the league. The reason? Tampa’s dismal showing when it last hosted the tournament in 2009:   So why Tampa is a terrible idea? The 2009 tourney there drew 132k fans. ATL this year had 183k, and SEC Basketball was much better in 09. — SEC Basketball (@SECBkbNet) May 28, 2014 The numbers don’t lie. But don’t forget,… Read More »

Billy D: “Buying in” translates to Gator NBA success

Why is Florida coach Billy Donovan highly thought of in NBA circles? To begin, look at the number of players he’s produced at the next level. The list includes 12 current NBA players. Three (Joakim Noah, Al Horford and David Lee) are All-Stars. I asked Donovan on Thursday about his ability to develop players for success at the next level. “There’s certain guys, that when they come in, you know, regardless of where they go, they’re going to be a… Read More »

Billy D confirms he talked to NBA teams, plans to be back next season

After leading the Gators to the Final Four for the fourth time in 18 seasons, Florida coach Billy Donovan was on the radar for a few NBA openings this offseason. Donovan disclosed Thursday he “talked” to a few NBA teams but is happy at Florida. Donovan would not disclose which NBA teams. “I will say this: I have spoken to a couple of NBA teams, and that’s all I’m going to say,” Donovan said. Further pressed on the topic, Donovan… Read More »

Young impresses at NBA combine

You knew the 2014 Chicago predraft camp was well suited for former Florida senior center Patric Young because it displayed his physical skills. Young made the most of his opportunity with a strong showing — literally. Young bench pressed 185 pounds 25 straight times, the most of any player at the combine and two off Jason Keep’s NBA combine record of 27 reps. Young also measured at 6-foot-10 without sneakers, a passable size for an NBA center. Most NBA draft… Read More »