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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 »

Stone sticking with Gators

The re-recruiting is nearly complete. Florida 2015 signee Keith Stone — a 6-foot-8 forward from Deerfield Beach, confirmed Wednesday night via Twitter he’ll honor his Letter of Intent and play for the Gators next season after a meeting with new UF coach Michael White. With Stone and forward Kevarrius Hayes in the fold, Florida will have at least two of its four 2015 signees on campus when the second summer session starts in late June. Florida’s staff is still awaiting… Read More »

ESPN analyst says Frazier, Walker could go in second round

When junior shooting guard Michael Frazier II and sophomore center Chris Walker both left Florida this spring to declare for the NBA Draft, it raised some eyebrows. But fast-forward a few weeks, and the draft stock of both Frazier and Walker appear to be on the rise. ESPN.com NBA draft analyst Chad Ford has Frazier (37th overall, Philadelphia 76ers) and Walker (45th overall, Boston Celtics) projected in the second round in his latest mock draft projections. And both Frazier and… Read More »

New UF coach White 9th highest-paid in SEC

Florida has gone from employing one of the highest-paid men’s basketball coaches in the Southeastern Conference, to one of the lower-paid coaches in the league. New Florida men’s basketball coach Michael White, who will be introduced on Monday, is the ninth-highest paid coach in the conference, according to reported contracts throughout the league. Here’s a look at the list: 1. John Calipari, Kentucky, $7.5 million 2. Avery Johnson, Alabama, $2.83 million 3. Bruce Pearl, Auburn, $2.75 million 4. Rick Barnes,… Read More »

Reactions to Mike White’s hire at Florida

Here’s a look at how some former players and basketball analysts reacted to Mike White’s hire as next basketball coach at Florida on Twitter on Thursday night: Nice nice RT @gatorhoops: BREAKING: UF hires Mike White: La. Tech coach follows legendary Donovan http://t.co/ZcXHPqJ39Q — Marreese Speights (@Mospeights16) May 8, 2015 Like the thinking of Jeremy Foley in hiring Mike White as next Gators coach-he did the same when he took a shot on Billy D out of Marshall! — Dick… Read More »

SEC analyst: New UF coach will face challenging transition

ESPN and SEC basketball analyst Sean Farnham watched Florida practices and games extensively through the 2014-15 season. And while Farnham said he thinks the next Florida coach will have some strong players to work with, it might not automatically translate into smooth sailing in an SEC that’s continuing to get deeper and more talented.  The Gators went 16-17 in Billy Donovan’s final campaign, their worst record since going 14-15 in 1997-98. Florida’s talent base took another hit on Tuesday when… Read More »