Florida Rumors & News

  • Florida lands Virginia Tech transfer Jalen Hudson

    The Score "Another day, another high-profile transfer headed to Florida to play for Mike White. A day after the Gators added graduate transfer Canyon Barry from Charleston, Virginia Tech transfer Jalen Hudson told ESPN's Jeff Goodman he's joining Florida. Hudson announced plans to transfer in April,..." May 11

  • Former Florida SG DeVon Walker transfers to Troy

    247 Sports "Former Florida shooting guard DeVon Walker will play for Troy next fall after transferring to the Trojans as a graduate transfer. He will be eligible to play immediately. Walker opted to leave Florida after a disappointing junior season. He was never able to regain his form after suffering a..." May 11

  • Florida G Brandone Francis-Ramirez transferring out of program

    The Score "The underwhelming Florida career of guard Brandone Francis-Ramirez has come to an end, as the Dominican Republic native is transferring out of the program, the school confirmed Tuesday. Francis-Ramirez was a highly touted recruit in the class of 2014, ranked as the 35th-best recruit in the..." May 05

  • Florida's Devin Robinson to return for junior season

    Orlando Sentinel "UF forward Devin Robinson will return for his junior season rather than enter the NBA draft, the school confirmed Tuesday night. The 6-foot-9 Robinson had planned to gauge his draft status during the coming month. But surgery last week to repair a stress fracture in his left foot derailed his..." April 27

  • Florida's Devin Robinson out 4-6 months after foot surgery

    Only Gators "Florida Gators sophomore forward Devin Robinson will be sidelined for 4-6 months after undergoing surgery to repair a stress fracture in his left foot on Wednesday Robinson was expected to at least test the waters of the 2016 NBA Draft despite still growing as a college player. One would..." April 22

  • 2017 four-star wing Deaundrae Ballard commits to Gators

    Alligator Army "While few Florida fans have spoken of Mike White's recruiting since taking over for Billy Donovan in glowing terms, "unorthodox" is one word that can certainly be used to describe the efforts of White and his assistants on the recruiting trail. The Gators getting an unexpected coup late Monday..." April 19

  • George Washington 82, Florida 77

    The Sports Xchange "Junior forward Tyler Cavanaugh scored 23 points and knocked down a key 3-pointer in the final minute, and George Washington advanced to the NIT Final Four for the first time in school history after posting an 82-77 victory over Florida on Wednesday in Washington, D.C. Kevin Larsen had 19..." March 23

  • Florida 74, Ohio State 66

    The Sports Xchange "Florida started the second half on a 14-2 run to break open a close game and defeat Ohio State 74-66 in a second-round NIT game on Sunday at Value City Arena in Columbus, Ohio. The Gators (21-14) started the game on a 9-0 run and came out in the second half just as hot as they increased..." March 20

  • Florida 97, North Florida 68

    The Sports Xchange "All five starters scored in double figures as second-seeded Florida rolled to a 97-68 road win over seventh-seeded North Florida in the opening round of the National Invitation Tournament on Tuesday night at UNF Arena in Jacksonville, Fla. Senior forward Dorian Finney-Smith had 18 points and..." March 16

  • No. 17 Texas A&M holds off Florida

    The Sports Xchange "NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Texas A&M's ability to get contributions from a number of players was the reason for sharing the Southeastern Conference's regular-season title, and it was a reason the No. 17 Aggies beat Florida 72-66 in an SEC tournament quarterfinal game at Bridgestone Arena on Friday..." March 11

  • Florida 68, Arkansas 61

    The Sports Xchange "Behind the play of guard Kasey Hill, Florida held off a late Arkansas charge and downed the Razorbacks 68-61 at Bridgestone Arena in the second round of the Southeastern Conference Tournament on Thursday afternoon at Nashville, Tenn. The Gators, leading the entire second half, saw their..." March 10

  • Florida's John Egbunu has torn ligament in thumb, cleared to play against Arkansas

    Alligator Army "Florida center John Egbunu tore a ligament in his right thumb at practice this week, per the team's website, leaving the Gators in a bind as their SEC Tournament opener against Arkansas on Thursday looms. Sophomore center John Egbunu tore a ligament in his right thumb at practice, leaving his..." March 09

  • Florida 82, Missouri 72

    The Sports Xchange "Florida broke a four-game losing streak and finished .500 in SEC play with an 82-72 win over Missouri on Saturday night in Southeastern Conference play at Columbia, Mo. Dorian Finney-Smith led all scorers with 20 for the Gators (18-13, 9-9). Florida gets ready for the SEC Tournament..." March 05

  • LSU 96, Florida 91

    The Sports Xchange "Freshman guard Antonio Blakeney scored a career-high 32 points to lead LSU to a 96-91 victory over Florida on Saturday night at the Pete Maravich Assembly Center in Baton Rouge, La. Freshman forward Ben Simmons had 22 points, 11 rebounds, five assists and four steals for LSU (17-12, 10-6..." February 28

  • Vanderbilt 87, Florida 74

    The Sports Xchange "Vanderbilt center Damian Jones exploded for 27 points and seven rebounds, leading the Commodores past Florida 87-74 Tuesday at Stephen C. O'Connell Center in Gainesville, Fla. Jones hit 12 of 13 field-goal attempts, including multiple powerful dunks, and forward Jeff Roberson finished with..." February 23

  • South Carolina 73, Florida 69 (OT)

    The Sports Xchange "Senior forward Michael Carrera had 20 points, 15 rebounds and three steals as South Carolina halted a seven-game losing streak against Florida by recording a 73-69 overtime victory Saturday at Columbia, S.C. Junior guard Sindarius Thornwell added 17 points as the Gamecocks (22-5, 9-5..." February 20

  • Florida 57, Georgia 53

    The Sports Xchange "Florida guard KeVaughn Allen scored 19 points and sparked a second-half comeback, lifting the Gators past Georgia 57-53 Tuesday at Stegeman Coliseum in Athens, Ga. Center John Egbunu finished with 10 points, including a pair of late dunks that helped Florida bounce back from a disappointing..." February 17

  • 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