Florida Rumors & News

  • Florida walk-on Zach Hodskins, born without hand, makes 1st basket

    ESPN "Florida walk-on Zach Hodskins, who was born without a hand on his left arm, made his first basket in two years and received one of the loudest ovations of the night during the Gators' 89-65 victory over Jacksonville on Tuesday night. Hodskins drove to the hoop in the final minute and sank the..." December 23

  • Florida's Alex Murphy to miss 4-6 weeks with plantar fascia tear

    Alligator Army "One of the down notes of Florida's exhibition victory over Palm Beach Atlantic on Thursday night was the apparently serious injury suffered by forward Alex Murphy during the game. The fifth-year senior went down after being whistled for an offensive foul in the first half of the game, and had to..." November 09

  • 2016 power forward Dontay Bassett commits to Florida

    Scout "2016 power forward Dontay Bassett committed to Mike White and Florida late Monday night, Oldsmar (Fla.) Christian coach Jordan Fair told Scout. "He just liked the environment and how hard they get after it," Fair said. "He likes that they are losing Dorian Finney-Smith and Alex Murphy. He has..." October 13

  • John Mooney backs off Florida commitment

    Scout "Back in September of 2013 when John Mooney was a rising sophomore he gave a verbal commitment to Billy Donovan and his staff at Florida. Since then Donovan has moved on from Florida to the NBA and now Mooney is moving on from the Gators as well. Mooney, a 6-foot-8 power forward, told Scout..." August 14

  • BC basketball team lands Florida guard Eli Carter

    Boston Globe "Boston College basketball coach Jim Christian got a huge commitment Monday when University of Florida guard Eli Carter announced on Twitter that he would complete his final year of eligibility next season with the Eagles, spurning offers from Georgetown and Nevada-Las Vegas. Christian last week..." June 23

  • Coach Michael White's Gators add JUCO forward Justin Leon

    Orlando Sentinel "Coach Michael White's Gators snagged a late commitment Monday evening when junior college forward Justin Leon announced he will join the Gators. The 6-foot-8 Leon originally committed to White at Louisiana Tech in April, but will follow White to Gainesville, where he replaces Billy..." June 15

  • Billy Donovan’s Florida buyout is helping pay his former assistants

    Sporting News - NCAAB "Two of Billy Donovan’s assistants from Florida aren't going to Oklahoma City with him when he takes over the Thunder, but Donovan is helping pay their final month of salary. Donovan had to pay back $500,000 to Florida, which in part “compensates (University Athletic) association for its costs..." May 22

  • Florida signee KeVaughn Allen to remain with Gators

    Alligator Army "Florida signee KeVaughn Allen will remain with the Gators rather than seeking release from his National Letter of Intent, ESPN's Jeff Goodman reported Monday. Florida confirmed Allen's signing on Monday, finally officially announcing its 2015 recruiting class as a three-man group of Allen,..." May 19

  • Florida G Eli Carter narrows transfer list, could stay at Florida

    SI "Florida guard Eli Carter has reportedly narrowed his list of transfer destinations, according to ESPN's Jeff Goodman. Goodman reports that Carter is looking at Boston College, Georgetown, Clemson as well as possibly staying at Florida. In late April the guard announced that he planned to..." May 19

  • Sean Miller to replace Billy Donovan as men's U19 USA Basketball coach

    CBS Sports "USA Basketball announced Thursday that Arizona's Sean Miller will replace Billy Donovan and coach the 2015 men's U19 World Championship team. Donovan was set to coach the team before leaving Florida for Oklahoma City. "I am honored to be named head coach of the USA Basketball Men's U19 World..." May 14

  • Florida basketball signees Keith Stone, Kevarrius Hayes remain committed to Gators

    Only Gators "Though the Florida Gators‘ 2015 signing class has been shaken by the departure of head coach Billy Donovan, it will only be split in half rather than completely lost. Four-star forward signees Keith Stone (Deerfield Beach, FL) and Kevarrius Hayes (Live Oak, FL) on Wednesday reaffirmed their..." May 14

  • Mike White to bring two Louisiana Tech assistants to Florida

    CBS Sports "Mike White hasn't even had the Florida job for a day, but his staff is already taking shape. White will bring both Jordan Mincy and Darris Nichols to Gainesville as assistants, sources told CBSSports.com. Both were assistants under White at Louisiana Tech." May 08

  • Sources: Louisiana Tech basketball coach Michael White emerges as Florida’s leading candidate

    Yahoo! Sports "Louisiana Tech basketball coach Michael White has emerged as the leading candidate to replace Billy Donovan at Florida, multiple sources have told Yahoo Sports. A meeting between Florida athletic director Jeremy Foley and White could take place as soon as today, sources said. Through a..." May 07

  • Florida Has A New Basketball Coach – Louisiana Tech’s Michael White

    College Spun "Florida has its replacement for Billy Donovan. The Gators announced Thursday evening they have hired Louisiana Tech’s Michael White, a 38-year-old Florida native who played at Ole Miss. White has a 101-40 record as a head coach. He had been at Louisiana Tech since 2011. " May 07

  • Report: Florida signee Allen will ask out of LOI

    The Gainesville Sun "Incoming 2015 Florida shooting guard KeVaughn Allen plans to ask out of his Letter of Intent, according to an Arkansas Democrat-Gazette report. It's unclear at this point whether Florida will grant the release, though it's customary for schools to grant releases in the event of a coaching..." May 06

  • Florida, Michigan State reportedly ironing out home-and-home basketball series

    Sporting News - NCAAB "Conference basketball is fun, but when two big programs schedule a non-conference series, hoops fans everywhere win. ESPN reports Michigan State and Florida are in discussions to play a home-and-home series set to start this season in East Lansing. The Gators won the most recent meeting..." May 05

  • Florida AD unclear on candidates, timeline for Billy Donovan successor

    CBS Sports "If you're wondering when Florida will hire its man to replace Billy Donovan, know that it's going to probably take a little while. We're talking into June -- possibly. Donovan held a going-away press conference for the local media in Gainesville on Monday afternoon, and his remarks of..." May 05

  • Three Florida Class of 2015 commits update status after Billy Donovan’s departure

    College Basketball Talk "With Florida head coach Billy Donovan leaving to take the same position in the NBA with the Oklahoma City Thunder, there have been questions about what the four members of the Gators’ Class of 2015 will do. Three of those commitments have publicly stated their intentions for next season,..." May 03

  • Who should/will Florida hire to replace Billy Donovan as coach?

    CBS Sports "And now, here, on April 30, the second biggest job of the college basketball offseason just opened. The biggest, Texas, went to Shaka Smart earlier at the beginning of the month. Now Florida is up for grabs with the news that 19-year Gators coach Billy Donovan will give a go of it at the pro..." May 01

  • Thunder interested in Florida and UConn — and it has nothing to do with players

    The Oklahoman "And neither school has a player that is expected to be drafted. That didn’t stop the Thunder general manager and other team executives from traveling to both campuses on multiple occasions this season for what some believe were trips to scout Billy Donovan and Kevin Ollie. Both have been..." April 28

  • Florida's Carter to graduate and transfer, eligible immediately

    CBS Sports "Florida's Eli Carter will transfer and is eligible to play immediately next season since he's a college graduate, sources told CBSSports.com. The 6-2 guard averaged 8.8 points last season and made 43 three-point shots." April 27

  • Florida forward Chris Walker declares for the NBA draft

    SI "Florida sophomore forward Chris Walker has declared for the NBA draft, the school announced Friday. The 6-10, 220 pound Walker, a former McDonald's All-American, averaged 4.7 points and 3.5 rebounds for the Gators last season. He struggled to find a role under coach Billy Donovan after battling..." April 26

  • Chris Walker not expected to return to Florida, according to report

    Alligator Army "Florida forward Chris Walker "isn't expected to return to Florida next season," according to a report from Scout's Evan Daniels. Daniels also hinted that the departure might not be for the professional ranks: Sources also told Scout that Walker is up in the air on whether he will transfer or..." April 23

  • Billy Donovan, Kevin Ollie Emerge As Serious Candidates For Thunder

    Real GM Basketball "Billy Donovan is believed to be a serious candidate to replace Scott Brooks as head coach of the Oklahoma City Thunder. Brian Windhorst of ESPN reports that Donovan recently worked on background research on Kevin Durant. Durant will become an unrestricted free agent in 2016." April 22

  • Bradley Beal on Billy Donovan: 'I think he'll definitely leave' for NBA

    CBS Sports "Washington Wizards guard Bradley Beal, who played for Billy Donovan at Florida, thinks that his former college coach will make the jump to the NBA. Beal appeared on the Dan Patrick Show on Friday, and he was asked what kind of pro coach Donovan would make. "I think he'd be great," Beal..." April 18

  • Report: Billy Donovan a 'serious candidate' for Thunder job

    Athlon Sports "On the heels of one of the most momentous closing nights of an NBA regular season within memory, a rather large rumor bomb dropped on the internet’s doorstep. The Oklahoma City Thunder missed the postseason for the first time in six years after losing a tiebreaker to Anthony Davis and the New..." April 16

  • Eric Paschall Cuts List to Five, Providence and Villanova Make It

    Big East Coast Bias "Atlantic 10 Rookie of the Year Eric Paschall got permission to contact more than a dozen schools following Fordham's firing of head coach Tom Pecora. The 6'6 freshman announced on his Twitter page that he is down to 5 schools, including staying at Fordham. Two Big East schools made the cut as well..." April 15

  • Former Alabama coach Anthony Grant returns to Florida as assistant

    Sporting News - NCAAB "One of Billy Donovan’s best friends is coming home to Gainesville. Anthony Grant, who worked alongside Donovan for 12 seasons, is returning to Florida as an assistant coach. He replaces Matt McCall, who was named the coach at Chattanooga. It’s fortuitous timing for Grant, who was fired last..." April 13

  • Gators coach Billy Donovan's average salary rises to $4.067M

    CBS Sports "Florida men's basketball coach Billy Donovan has signed an mended, one-year contract extension through the 2020 season, which will raise his average salary to a little more than $4 million, according to The Gainesville Sun. The paper learned of the extension through an open records..." April 03

  • Florida's Dorian Finney-Smith to return for senior season

    CBS Sports "Florida forward Dorian Finney-Smith is going to return to Gainesville for his senior season. The school released an announcement saying that Finney-Smith gathered information regarding potentially turning pro. Finney-Smith, aka “Doe-Doe,” made the decision to come back for his fifth-year senior..." April 03

  • Sources: Donovan eyes jump to NBA

    ESPN "There is a growing sense among NBA executives that Florida Gators coach Billy Donovan is looking to making the jump to the NBA more than ever before, according to league sources Sources told ESPN.com that Donovan is poised to draw interest from multiple NBA teams this offseason and is..." April 02

  • Reports: Florida's Michael Frazier declares for NBA Draft

    Fox Sports "Florida junior guard Michael Frazier II is declaring for the NBA Draft, according to multiple reports. Frazier, who averaged 12.1 points and 4.1 rebounds for the Gators this past season, saw the team post its first losing season (16-17) and first non-20-win campaign since 1997-98, Billy..." March 26

  • Florida reinstates Dorian Finney-Smith for Saturday vs. Vols

    CBS Sports "Florida forward Dorian Finney-Smith has been suspended the past three games, but on Friday, Gators coach Billy Donovan announced the suspension was over. Which means Finney-Smith will be in uniform for Florida's home game against Tennessee on Saturday. The 13-15 Gators have lost four of six and..." February 28

  • Florida will be without two starters against Missouri

    College Basketball Talk "Florida head coach Billy Donovan announced on a Monday morning teleconference that Dorian Finney-Smith and Michael Frazier will both be out of the lineup on Tuesday when the Gators take on Missouri. Finney-Smith was suspended by Donovan for a violation of team rules. He has already missed games..." February 23

  • Florida Gators F Dorian Finney-Smith suspended indefinitely for violation of team rules

    Only Gators "The Florida Gators announced just over one hour before tip-off on Wednesday that redshirt junior forward Dorian Finney-Smith, a starter for the team, has been suspended indefinitely for a violation of team rules. Finney-Smith will sit out Wednesday night’s contest against the Vanderbilt..." February 18

  • Roster turnover among things causing Florida's season-long struggles

    CBS Sports "Billy Donovan climbed onto a stage late Saturday, sat behind a table draped in blue, gripped a bottle of water with one hand, shuffled some papers with the other and waited for the first question of his press conference following a close loss to top-ranked Kentucky. The question was..." February 10

  • Gators G Michael Frazier out indefinitely with sprained ankle

    Tampa Bay Times "Junior G Michael Frazier is expected to miss Thursday night's game against Ole Miss with a sprained ankle. Frazier suffered the injury in the first half of this past Saturday night's game against Kentucky. He attempted to return in the second half, but wasn't able to play. "I would say right..." February 10

  • Florida big man Chris Walker dealing with big -- sometimes unreasonable -- expectations

    Fox Sports Florida "Chris Walker doesn't talk to the media very much. Florida's soft-spoken 6-foot-10 1/2 sophomore center, calling it like it is, hasn't had much to talk about lately. But there Walker was Monday morning, standing at a podium, bending over to speak into the microphone, when asked about the..." January 20

  • Horford, Hodskins suspended for Florida's game vs. South Carolina

    CBS Sports "Florida has suspended two players for its important game against South Carolina tonight, including one starter. Senior forward Jon Horford and freshman guard Zach Hodskins will miss tonight's game due to what coach Billy Donovan is calling conduct detrimental to the team. “This is totally a..." January 07

  • Former Gators commit, Stanford C Schuyler Rimmer, to transfer to Florida as walk-on

    Only Gators "One-time Florida Gators 2013 commitment Schuyler Rimmer never wound up playing for the team out of high school, deciding six weeks after initially pledging to the program that he would reopen his recruitment. It appears as if Rimmer has found a way to suit up for the Gators after all as he..." December 29

  • Florida G Dillon Graham decides to transfer

    Only Gators "Buried on the depth chart and unlikely to get a significant opportunity to play for the Florida Gators this season, redshirt sophomore guard Dillon Graham has decided to transfer from the program at the conclusion of the fall semester. Graham, a 6-foot-4, 185-pound guard who saw a total of 92..." November 18

  • Florida F Dorian Finney-Smith has hairline fracture in non-shooting hand

    CBS Sports "Coach Billy Donovan received some bad news on Saturday, as Gator forward Dorian Finney-Smith has a hairline fracture in his non-shooting left hand, according to the Associated Press. The injury was initially diagnosed as a sprained wrist, and Finney-Smith returned to the game. It's unknown at..." November 16

  • One-handed Zach Hodskins plays first minutes for Florida

    College Basketball Talk "One of the coolest stories in all of college basketball this season will be Zach Hodskins, a 6-foot-4 preferred walk-on that will spend the season as Florida’s “Victory Formation”. What makes Hodskins so special is that he’s playing basketball at one of the nation’s premiere programs despite..." November 16

  • Florida center John Egbunu denied immediate eligibility

    SI "Florida Gators center John Egbunu will not be eligible to play this season, Gators coach Billy Donovan announced Thursday. Egbunu transfered from South Florida in May after one season there. Florida had sought an immediate eligibility waiver, but Egbunu will have to sit out the 2014-15 season..." November 01

  • Zion Lutheran forward Keith Stone commits to Gators

    Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel "Zion Lutheran Christian forward Keith Stone verbally committed to the University of Florida on Monday night after taking an official visit there this past weekend. Stone, a 6-foot-8, 230-pound senior who averaged 28 points and six rebounds last season, told the Sun Sentinel he chose UF over..." October 21

  • Florida's Chris Walker still gets benefit of doubt despite setbacks

    CBS Sports "Chris Walker closed his high school career as a consensus top-10 national recruit, a projected future lottery pick and with the honor of being the first player to ever lead tiny Holmes County High to a state championship in Florida. He had 30 points, 15 rebounds and seven blocks in that title..." October 21

  • Florida G Eli Carter now a full participant in practice

    CBS Sports "Florida guard Eli Carter participated in full practice on Monday for the first time in nearly a year, according to GatorZone.com's Chris Harry. After a year when the status of the Rutgers transfer and one-time Gator-killer was very much in doubt, Carter has undergone quite the transformation..." October 20

  • Florida to lose star center for two games, freshman for season

    College Basketball Talk "October is the time of year where we sit and wait for the suspensions for offseason rules violations to be announced, and on Wednesday at Florida’s media day, Billy Donovan made a pair of suspensions public. Star center Chris Walker, a former top ten recruit and projected lottery pick, will..." October 15

  • Billy D: Rutgers transfer Carter still not 100 percent

    The Gainesville Sun "When Eli Carter transferred to Florida in the spring of 2013, the Gators were hopeful of adding an impact scorer who proved he could play at a high level in the Big East. But according to Florida coach Billy Donovan, the 6-foot-2 guard from Patterson, N.J., still hasn’t completely recovered..." August 21

  • Florida lands four-star big man Noah Dickerson

    CBS Sports "Florida needed another legit back-to-the-basket post player for its roster in 2015-16. Noah Dickerson needed a new home after decommitting from Georgetown. On Sunday, the two came together. Dickerson has committed to Florida, he told CBSSports.com. "Coach [Billy] Donovan is a great coach,"..." August 18

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