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A look at former Gators in the NBA

At the All-Star break, here’s a look at how former Gator players are doing in the NBA: Al Horford, C – averaging 15.6 points, 7.4 rebounds and 3.3 assists for the Atlanta Hawks.  Joakim Noah, C – averaging 7.7 points, 9.7 rebounds and 3.7 assists for the Chicago Bulls. Bradley Beal, G – averaging 15.0 points, 3.0 assists and 1.8 steals for the Washington Wizards. Chandler Parsons, F – averaging 15.6 points, 4.8 rebounds and 2.4 assists for the Dallas… Read More »

Is Egbunu the answer next season?

During Monday’s media session, Florida junior guard Eli Carter was asked how USF transfer center John Egbunu was looking in practice. “He’s a monster,” Carter said. “I wish he could play, honestly. He’ll be a great addition to us next year.” Listed at 6-foot-11, 226-pounds, Egbunu is sitting out this season per NCAA transfer rules. But Florida coach Billy Donovan tempered expectations as to whether Egbunu could provide the physical presence and post scoring that the Gators have lacked this… Read More »

Beyond the arc: 3 takeaways from Texas A&M’s 63-62 win over Florida

Some observations following Texas A&M’s 63-62 win at Florida: – Junior guard Eli Carter was able to get going early by driving to the basket and not settling from 3-pointers. As a result, the 6-foot-2 Carter finished with a season-high 22 points on 9 of 17 shooting. Carter, who only took one two-point attempt against Ole Miss, made five two-point baskets against Texas A&M. “I was just trying to be aggressive,” Carter said. “I saw the way they were playing… Read More »

Beyond the arc: 3 takeaways from Ole Miss’ 62-61 win over Florida

Some observations following UF’s 62-61 loss to Ole Miss at the O’Connell Center: – The Gators started out the game rebounding well, having an early 17-11 advantage on the boards with eight early offensive rebounds. But Ole Miss eventually evened the rebounding margin at 36 for the game. Florida had 12 second-chance points, while Ole Miss finished with 11 second-chance points. But the biggest offensive rebound of the game came late for Ole Miss. With the Gators up 61-57 and… Read More »

Frazier could be out “a couple of weeks”

Florida coach Billy Donovan divulged more information on the status of junior guard and leading scorer Michael Frazier II. And for Gator fans, it isn’t good news. Donovan said on his weekly radio show on Wednesday that Frazier could be out “a couple of weeks” with a high ankle sprain. “Michael is making progress, but he won’t be in a position to play Thursday night (against Ole Miss),” Donovan said on the Gator Hotline Show with Mick Hubert. “It could… Read More »

Billy D on no post scorers: Wasn’t from lack of trying

Throughout different points this season, Florida coach Billy Donovan has bemoaned his team’s lack of low post scoring and physical presence inside. On Monday, I asked Donovan whether more could have been done over the years to resolve those issues with recruiting or by bringing in transfers. Florida suffered a blow when South Carolina transfer Damontre Harris (6-11, 230) was dismissed from the team last spring due to disciplinary reasons. The Gators brought in Michigan transfer and current starting center… Read More »

Beyond the arc: 3 takeaways from Florida’s 68-61 loss to Kentucky

Some observations following Florida’s 68-61 loss to No. 1 Kentucky at the O’Connell Center. – Florida coach Billy Donovan is at a loss to figure out what he can to to fix his team’s poor free-throw shooting. The Gators went 7 of 14 from the free throw line, including a pair of costly misses by senior center Jon Horford with 1:41 left and Florida down 61-59. Point guard Kasey Hill also missed two free throws with Florida down 55-52, but… Read More »

A look at how Gator players are doing overseas

While close to a dozen Gators players are currently in the NBA, several others are making a nice living overseas as well. Here’s an update on how Gator players are performing in foreign countries and in the NBA Developmental League: . Taurean Green, Asvel Lyon (France): 10.1 points, 3.5 rebounds and 3.1. assists Erving Walker, Dijon (France): 16.8 points, 2.8 rebounds, 5.4 assists.      Matt Walsh, Ekeshir Basket (Turkey): 19.8 points, 6.3 rebounds, 2.4 assists. Patric Young, Galastary (Turkey): 13.2… Read More »

Here’s the five worst losses in Billy D’s tenure

Florida’s 67-61 loss Wednesday at Vanderbilt was bad. How ugly? Consider the Gators failed to score in the first 7:53 against a Vanderbilt team that came into the game on a seven-game losing streak. But it’s not the worst loss that the Gators have suffered in the last 11 years under Billy Donovan. Here’s my list, based on games that I’ve covered since 2003: 5. Manhattan 75, Florida 60 (March 18, 2004): Florida exited the NCAA Tournament barely after it… Read More »

Beyond the arc: 3 takeways from UF’s 67-61 loss at Vanderbilt

Some observations from UF’s 67-61 loss at Vanderbilt: – It was another lackluster performance for sophomore point guard Kasey Hill, who has been unable to handle the weight of expectations of replacing SEC player of the year Scottie Wilbekin. Hill finished with 5 points, 1 assists and 1 turnovers and did little to make players around him better. And down 61-57, Hill still had a chance for redemption but missed a second free throw attempt with 1:41 left. Last Saturday,… Read More »