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Gators again dotting NBA playoff landscape

It’s become an annual rite of April. Easter baskets, afternoon showers and former Florida Gators suiting up in the NBA playoffs. According to a 24.7.com report, Florida has 10 former players in the NBA playoffs, the most of any school. The Gators lead traditional blueblood basketball programs Duke (9), North Carolina (9), Kentucky (8) and UCLA (7). I’ve written about it before, and it’s a testament to coach Billy Donovan’s ability to develop players and teach principles that contribute to… Read More »

Stone, Allen sign LOIs

Florida 2015 commitments Keith Stone and KeVaughn Allen made it official on Wednesday, signing his letter of intent on the first day of the spring period to join UF’s 2015 incoming freshman class. @Keith_Stone25 such an honor to have your signing day today! I am so proud of you..hard work pays off!! pic.twitter.com/z7tOz63I1D — Coach Guion (@kellyjohnguion) April 15, 2015 A four-star recruit, the 6-foot-7 Stone is currently the 97th ranked prospect in the nation the Class of 2015 according… Read More »

Despite best UF recruiting efforts, Grayson Allen followed dream to Duke

Florida fans who watched the impact that Duke freshman shooting guard Grayson Allen made off the bench against Wisconsin were left wondering the same thing. How could the Gators have let Allen get out of state? Could Florida have done more to land the McDonald’s All-American guard from Providence School in Jacksonville? Could Florida coach Billy Donovan have done more to close the deal? The answer, according to Providence basketball coach Jim Martin, is that Duke was simply Allen’s dream… Read More »

Gators hosting Fordham transfer

In an effort to turn around a 16-17 season, Florida coach Billy Donovan is once again trying to go to the transfer well. According to CBSSports.com’s Jon Rothstein, the Gators are hosting Fordham transfer Eric Paschall this weekend. A rising sophomore, the 6-foot-6, 205 pound Paschall averaged 15.9 points, 5.5 rebounds and 1 assists per game as a freshman while playing in the Atlantic 10. Those who have watched Paschall play describe him as an athletic, hard worker who isn’t… Read More »

Pitino: Billy D has urge to give NBA a try

There’s been much speculation on whether Billy Donovan would consider a jump to the NBA after 21 seasons as a college coach and 19 seasons at Florida. On Thursday morning, Donovan’s mentor, Louisville coach Rick Pitino, gave the strongest hint that the UF coach may give the pros a try in the near future. Appearing on ESPN’s Mike and Mike radio show, Pitino was asked if a college basketball coach could be successful in the NBA. During the answer, Pitino… Read More »

Frazier confirms he’s signing with agent, thanks fans

A day after declaring for the NBA draft, former Florida junior guard Michael Frazier confirmed he was signing an agent and thanked fans over his Twitter feed. Frazier tweeted that he’s signing with ASM sports, the same agency that represents former Gator players Taurean Green, Marreese Speights, Erik Murphy and Scottie Wilbekin. Frazier also said he intends to return to Florida each summer to complete his undergraduate degree. His statement on his Twitter feed reads: “Thank you to my coaches,… Read More »

Florida’s offense on steady decline

Florida coach Billy Donovan has prided himself on developing up-tempo offenses that gives players freedom to drive to the basket in transition and fire up 3-pointers. Under Donovan, the Gators have always found skilled passers and shooters and big men that can run the court. But since 2011-12, Florida’s offense has been on a steady decline under the 19-year future Hall of Fame coach. After Florida averaged 75.9 points per game in 2011-12 with a team that featured one-and-done Lottery… Read More »

Wilbekin moving on to Greece

After completing a successful season in Australia, former Gator point guard Scottie Wilbekin is moving on to play in Greece. Wilbekin signed with AEK Athens for the Greek 1 pro league on Tuesday and will play with the team for the rest of their season. Named the SEC’s player of the year in 2014, the 6-foot-2 Wilbekin helped lead UF to 30 straight wins last season and its fifth Final Four in school history. He went undrafted in the NBA… Read More »

Could Grant return to UF?

With Alabama announcing Sunday night that it fired former Florida assistant Anthony Grant, the inevitable questions have been raised if Grant would consider returning to Gainesville. Grant was as an assistant under Donovan at both Marshall and Florida from 1994-2006. As a recruiter, Grant was instrumental in helping land Udonis Haslem and Corey Brewer, two building blocks that helped the Gators on an unprecedented run of success. Haslem helped lead the Gators to the 2000 NCAA title game, while Brewer… Read More »

Beyond the arc: 3 takeaways from Florida’s 64-49 loss to Kentucky

Some observations following UF’s 64-49 loss to Kentucky: – The Gators started the game with excellent ball movement and dribble penetration, breaking down Kentucky’s defense with dump down passes. But as the game wore on, Florida could not sustain its stellar ball movement against Kentucky’s length and strength inside. The Gators finished the game with 12 assists to 12 turnovers, not good enough to pull off an upset against the No. 1 team in the country. Point guard Kasey Hill… Read More »