Florida Rumors & News

  • 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

    CBSSports.com "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.com "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

    CBSSports.com "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

    CBSSports.com "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

    CBSSports.com "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

  • Judge rules against NCAA in revolutionary O'Bannon case

    ESPN.com "In a landmark decision, a federal judge ruled Friday that the NCAA is in violation of the nation's antitrust laws by restricting the compensation that major college football and men's basketball student-athletes can receive for use of their names, images and likenesses. U.S. District Court..." August 08

  • Battle 4 Atlantis highlights pairings

    ESPN.com "The Battle 4 Atlantis -- with a field that includes Final Four teams Wisconsin and Florida as well as traditional powers North Carolina, Georgetown and UCLA -- highlights eight college basketball tournament pairings announced by ESPN for the upcoming 2014-15 season. Other tournament pairings..." August 05

  • Florida wing DeVon Walker tears ACL, expected to miss season

    CBSSports.com "Florida swingman DeVon Walker is expected to miss the 2014-15 season after suffering a torn ACL, sources told CBSSports.com. Walker, a 6-foot-6 rising junior, was expected to compete for the starting small forward spot this season. He is one of the team's best perimeter defenders and brought..." July 20

  • Scottie Wilbekin can’t see Billy Donovan leaving Florida

    College Basketball Talk "In four years at Florida, Scottie Wilbekin may have had his bumps in the road, but the Gators point guard was part of teams that reached three Elite Eights, and this past season made it to the Final Four after running the table in the SEC. The 2014 SEC Player of the Year is hoping his success..." June 16

  • UF moving forward with $45 million renovation plan for O'Connell Center

    Fox Sports Florida "When Amanda Butler talks about the O'Connell Center, her words come from the heart. Butler was a standout basketball player for the Florida women's team and made some very big shots during the 1990s on the O'Dome floor. She later walked the stage for graduation there, served as a Gators..." June 11

  • Donovan In Contact With Cavs But Not Expected To Leave Florida

    Real GM Basketball "Billy Donovan has remained in contact with the Cleveland Cavaliers in regards to their head coaching vacancy. Sources say that nobody connected to the process believes he is comfortable enough to make the leap from Florida to the Cavaliers." June 09

  • Florida president questions ex-Michigan hoopster Jon Horford's transfer

    Detroit Free Press "Not everyone in Gainesville is happy to see forward Jon Horford be able to transfer to Florida and play immediately. The SEC eased its stance Friday on graduate student athlete transfers, allowing them to play immediately without going through a waiver process as long as the transfers meet..." June 03

  • Billy Donovan offers no guarantee on future with Gators

    Orlando Sentinel "Gators coach Billy Donovan reiterated Tuesday that he fully plans to return to UF next season, despite drawing interest from NBA teams. Donovan also would not fully close the door on moving on to NBA. Last Thursday, Donovan told reporters he had spoken to a couple of teams about their..." May 28

  • Damontre Harris not returning to Florida

    Miami Herald "Damontre Harris ran out of chances. As first reported by Jon Rothstein of CBSSports.com, Florida’s 6-foot-10 center is no longer with the team -- a permanent move following multiple disciplinary issues and second chances. UF later confirmed Rothstein’s report, and coach Billy Donovan is..." May 22

  • Reports: South Florida transfer John Egbunu headed to Florida

    College Basketball Talk "South Florida transfer John Egbunu is headed to Florida, according to multiple media reports. Egbunu was one of the most highly-sought after big men on this year’s transfer market after averaging 7.4 points, 6.2 boards and 1.3 blocks this past season. The 6-foot-10 center picked the Gators over..." May 16

  • Little Rock guard KeVaughn Allen commits to Gators hoops

    Orlando Sentinel "North Little Rock (Ark.) High basketball coach Johnny Rice said KeVaughn Allen is the "most complete player" he has ever coached which will be music to the ears of Florida Gators fans after the junior committed to Florida on Wednesday night. Allen, a 6-foot-3, 165-pounder who plays shooting..." May 01

  • Jon Horford transfers to Florida

    ESPN.com "Florida has added Michigan junior big man Jon Horford, a source close to the situation told ESPN. The 6-foot-9 Horford averaged 3.8 points and 4.2 rebounds per game last season. He will be eligible to play this year for coach Billy Donovan and the Gators. Horford is the younger brother of..." April 26

  • Chris Walker will return to Florida for sophomore season

    College Basketball Talk "Normally an announcement from a player who averaged 1.9 points and 1.3 rebounds per game that he’s decided to return to school for another season would be a confusing one. However Florida freshman forward Chris Walker isn’t your standard player, as he remained on NBA executives’ radars despite..." April 10

  • Arizona favored to win next year's college hoops title

    Covers.com "The nets at AT&T Stadium in Dallas are just freshly cut down by national champions Connecticut, but that doesn't mean we cant start looking ahead to futures for the winner of next year's Big Dance. The Arizona Wildcats and head coach Sean Miller, were oh so close to this year's Final Four and..." April 09

  • UConn Shocks Florida, Heads To National Championship

    Hartford Courant "The Huskies never seem to run out of surprises, never seem to run out of players, never seem to run out of resourcefulness. Nor will they run out of time. They have extended their season all the way to the national championship game. Florida, the No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament, was..." April 06

  • Good things have come to Florida's Patric Young, who waited

    USA Today "Florida assistant Matt McCall recently posed a question to Patric Young: If he could come back for a fifth year along with fellow seniors Casey Prather, Will Yeguete and Scottie Wilbekin, would he return to Gainesville next season? "I love this place so much," Young answered, "I probably..." April 05

  • Senior-powered Gators, Huskies soar to Final Four

    Florida Today "In an era when youth is being served, experience has paid off for the two teams meeting in the first Final Four semifinal at 6 tonight. Two of the most loyal and the most important seniors when Florida (36-2) faces UConn (30-8) for a spot in Monday's national title game are a guard with a..." April 05

  • Frazier says he’s ready for the Huskies

    Florida Today "Michael Frazier’s record-breaking season has been filled with huge games shooting the ball, setting a Florida record for 3-pointers with 117 and with nine games of at least five baskets behind the arc. But one of the games he’d probably like to forget came against this Saturday’s Final Four..." April 04

  • Florida's Donovan Counting On Wilbekin To Slow Shabazz

    Hartford Courant "In the second game of their season, the Florida Gators traveled to Madison, Wisc., to face the nationally ranked Badgers. The Gators, then ranked 11th in the country, lost to No. 20 Wisconsin. A few weeks later, Florida's journey to Storrs resulted in a loss to Shabazz Napier and..." April 04

  • UConn learned a lot from beating Florida on Dec. 2

    Florida Today "The first time Connecticut faced Florida on Dec. 2, it ended with a loose ball being tapped back to Shabazz Napier for a hoop and a 65-64 win at the buzzer. Each went on its own path. The Huskies (30-8) had some struggles before climbing through the East Region to claim a berth in the Final..." April 02

  • UConn Men Set For Return Trip To Texas, Return Game With Florida

    Hartford Courant "The UConn men have to take care of a little more business before heading to Texas. The Huskies are practicing at Gampel Pavilion on Tuesday, and will be available for interviews afterward. It should be quite a scene, with far more than the usual media present for this one. And this is only..." April 01

  • Gators, UConn are familiar foes facing off in Final Four

    Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel "It has been 30 games — and 30 wins — since the Florida Gators lost on a buzzer-beater at Connecticut. It might as well be 30 years to senior point guard Scottie Wilbekin. "The game was such a long time ago," Wilbekin said. "It feels like forever." Much has changed during the four months..." April 01

  • Gators heed advice of coach Donovan, put aside Final Four distractions

    Miami Herald "Billy Donovan has been to the Final Four as a player, assistant and head coach. Florida’s sideline savant is well aware of the Texas twister awaiting his top-seeded Gators. However, his team — winners of 30 games in a row and two victories shy from capping one of the greatest college..." April 01

  • Gators' Donovan well-prepared for 'Super Bowl'

    Florida Today "Florida's basketball team has reached the Final Four but now Gators coach Billy Donovan realizes everything changes. He's been there as a player, an assistant, a head coach. "You get into a situation during the course of the year that you kind of get into a routine," he said Monday. "Then you..." April 01

  • Creighton's Doug McDermott leads Wooden All-America Team

    CBSSports.com "Senior Doug McDermott is the headliners on the 10-member Wooden All-American Team announced Monday by The Los Angeles Athletic Club. The first team -- all finalists for the Wooden Award, presented by the LAAC to honor the college basketball player of the year -- features Creighton's McDermott,..." April 01

  • Florida looks to avenge December loss to UConn in Final Four

    The Gainesville Sun "After rolling his ankle while chasing a loose ball, Florida senior point guard Scottie Wilbekin stayed in the locker room in the closing minutes the last time Florida played at Connecticut. There was no TV, so Wilbekin was spared the heartbreak of watching UConn senior guard Shabazz Napier's..." April 01

  • Florida Gators defeat Dayton 62-52, advance to Final Four

    Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel "The Florida Gators pulled away for a 62-52 win over Dayton Saturday night, advancing to the Final Four. UF ended one frustrating streak and extended another one with the victory. The No. 1 seed Gators won their 30th consecutive game. And they finally claimed an Elite Eight victory after..." March 30

  • NCAA South Regional betting news and notes: 3-point line a no-fly zone vs. Dayton

    Covers.com "Just two teams remain in the South Region, and only one will advance to the Final Four. Here's a quick look at Saturday's matchup between the Florida Gators and the Dayton Flyers: No. 11 Dayton Flyers vs. No. 1 Florida Gators (-10.5, 132.5) Much has been made about the Gators' stifling..." March 29

  • Dayton faces Florida in the NCAA Regional Final

    DaytonFlyers.com "DAYTON FACES FLORIDA IN THE NCAA REGIONAL FINAL • Looking to make the Final Four for the first time in 47 years, the University of Dayton Flyers match up against the No. 1 overall seed Florida Gators in the South Regional Final of the 2014 NCAA Tournament. • The 6:09 p.m. ET game on Saturday..." March 29

  • Gators' bench could be key against deep, relentless Dayton

    Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel "Florida's seniors have led the way all season, but the Gators' young bench could be the key to reaching the Final Four. The No. 11 Dayton Flyers will come at the No. 1 Gators in waves on Saturday, unleashing as many as a dozen players to push the pace and create havoc. Coach Archie Miller's..." March 29

  • Billy Donovan's Gators are Cinderella's worst nightmare

    Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel "Sorry, Cinderella, the party's almost over. Take off that ballroom gown, put on your tattered old dress, retrieve your mop and pail and get back to work. Once again, the No. 1-ranked Florida Gators are on the verge of snuffing out the hopes and dreams of underdogs everywhere and sending No...." March 29

  • For tested Florida Gators, it’s Final Four or bust

    Miami Herald "A season’s worth of results has proven top-seeded Florida, winners of 29 in a row, should easily dismantle 11-seeded Dayton to complete an elusive trip to the Final Four. If only. For a special group of weathered and warted seniors, the Elite Eight has been a field of lane mines full of..." March 29

  • Gators face Dayton for spot in Final Four

    Florida Today "The Dayton Flyers are feeling very confident and loose with the upsets they've already pulled this NCAA Tournament. They're also ready to wreck what's left of anyone's bracket with their greatest challenge ahead and a trip to the Final Four on the line. Enter the Florida Gators, the overall top..." March 29

  • No deja vu for Gators; there's still too much left to do

    Fox Sports "The most maligned organization in sports the past couple weeks might be the NCAA tournament selection committee. Not so much for the snubs -- though SMU fans had a fair beef -- but for the seedings. Louisville got a No. 4 seed? A rolling Kentucky got an 8 seed while a stumbling Saint Louis got a 5..." March 28

  • Gators open as double-digit faves versus Flyers

    Covers.com "Lines for Saturday's Elite Eight matchups are starting to hit the board at sportsbooks and the No. 1 Florida Gators have opened as 10-point faves over this year's Cinderella program, the Dayton Flyers. The total opened at 133.5. The Gators have covered in back-to-back tournament games, but..." March 28

  • Johnson, Napier, Stauskas lead NABC All-America team

    CBSSports.com "The National Association of Basketball Coaches named its 2013-14 All-America teams Thursday, with a trio of players still alive in the NCAA Tournament named to the first team. Arizona's Nick Johnson, UConn's Shabazz Napier and Michigan's Nik Stauskas join Creighton's Doug McDermott and Duke's..." March 28

  • Florida Gators knock out UCLA 79-68, advance to Elite Eight

    Miami Herald "Scottie Wilbekin spent most of Thursday night’s game trying to find his shooting touch. Luckily for the Gators, Michael Frazier II didn’t have similar trouble. And when Wilbekin finally found rhythm, Florida found a way to make history repeat itself against UCLA. Wilbekin scored 10 of his..." March 28

  • UCLA-Florida preview: 3 things to watch

    Fox Sports "With all the talk of culture change at UCLA and Florida's postseason dominance over the Bruins now behind, the buildup surrounding Thursday's Sweet 16 game between the South Region's Nos. 1 and 4 seeds are at an all-time high. "Well, we know we've got a lot of challenges with Florida, so..." March 27

  • Next task for Florida, Scottie Wilbekin: Stop UCLA's Kyle Anderson

    USA Today "Point guard play is so often the difference in March. Thursday night's NCAA tournament South Regional showdown between the top-seeded Florida Gators (34-2) and the No. 4 UCLA Bruins (28-8) at FedEx Forum provides a delicious study in contrasts at the most important position on the court. The..." March 27

  • NCAA tournament breakdown: Previewing Thursday's Sweet 16 games

    USA Today "WEST REGIONAL (ANAHEIM) Stanford (23-12) vs. Dayton (25-10) | Time, TV: 7:15 p.m. ET, CBS Why Dayton will win: Rolling in the deep. The Flyers' rotation includes 11 players averaging double-digit minutes. "There's not much difference between No. 3 and No. 8," coach Archie Miller said...." March 27

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