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Erik Murphy to play for Finnish national team

After a rookie NBA season that included limited playing time and a trade, things are looking up for former Gator forward Erik Murphy. Murphy will play for the Finnish National Team in August in the FIBA World Cup. In July, the 6-foot-10 sharp-shooting forward will play with the summer league team for the Utah Jazz in Las Vegas. After being drafted in the second round by the Chicago Bulls in the 2013 NBA draft, Murphy was traded from the Bulls… Read More »

Young still projected in second round

With eight days left before the NBA draft, former Florida center Patric Young remains projected as a mid-to-late second round draft pick. CBSSprots.com’s Gary Parrish had Young going 47th overall to the Washington Wizards in his latest mock draft. Draftexpress.com projects Young to go 42nd to the Houston Rockets. Young told Jim Rome that based on feedback he’s received, he could get picked anywhere from 25th to 40th overall in the NBA Draft. You can listen to the full interview… Read More »

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 »