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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 »

Fanbase wants hire from outside program

The fans have spoken. Well, sort of. According to a Gatorsports.com poll as of Tuesday morning, 80 percent of fans want to see Florida hire a new coach from outside the program, while 20 percent would like to see the Gators promote either John Pelphrey or Anthony Grant to replace Billy Donovan. Ultimately, the decision will come down to Florida athletic director Jeremy Foley and his group of internal advisers. But the numbers reflect that either Pelphrey or Grant would… Read More »

Dupay: Pelphrey, Grant deserve consideration

To fill the void left by former Florida coach Billy Donovan’s move to the Oklahoma City Thunder, former Gator guard Teddy Dupay doesn’t think the Gators should look far from campus. Dupay said he believes either one of Florida’s current assistants — John Pelphrey or Anthony Grant — could step in and sustain the success that Donovan created in 19 seasons at UF. “I think you should absolutely consider those guys,” Dupay said. “I think both are amazing coaches. I… Read More »

From college to NBA not easy coaching adjustment

Whether or not Florida coach Billy Donovan wants to scratch his NBA itch will depend on a number of factors. But there’s an opening in Oklahoma City, and Thunder general manager Sam Presti thinks highly of him. No interviews have been set up yet, but unlike UConn’s Kevin Ollie, Donovan has not issued any denials in regards to his interest or any assurances he’s staying in Gainesville. But if Donovan decides to make the jump to NBA a month shy… Read More »

Billy D offers no immediate comment on Thunder report, busy recruiting

Florida coach Billy Donovan doesn’t plan to offer any immediate comment on a report from Yahoo.com that labels him as a “serious candidate” for the Oklahoma City Thunder job. Donovan and Connecticut coach Kevin Ollie are considered the top two candidates to replace Oklahoma City coach Scott Brooks, who was fired Wednesday. Donovan has ties with the Oklahoma City organization. Former UF assistant to the head coach Mark Daigneault was hired as Oklahoma City’s D-League coach last year, while former… Read More »

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 »