Basketball

2019 target showing his worth during Adidas Gauntlet

Guard Josh Nickelberry is going to be one of the top prizes in the 2019 class. The sharpshooting guard will be attending Oak Hill Academy after a successful sophomore season at Trinity Christian Academy. When it comes to AAU ball, Nickelberry is having a huge spring for Game Elite 2019 in the Adidas Gauntlet. GatorCountry.com spoke with Nickelberry about his spring and a look at his recruiting process.

Nickelberry is an aggressive guard who can shoot the ball at a high level. He already has a reputation of being one of the top shooters in his class.

“I'm just an aggressive guard that...

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Price plans to visit Florida Gators basketball soon

Guard Marvin Price a 2019 prospect has had an impressive spring for the DC Blue Devils in the UAA circuit.  Price is already a highly coveted prospect who many schools are prioritizing early on. Price caught up with GatorCountry.com to talk about his recruiting process and the upcoming Florida visit he has scheduled.

Price plays a physical style of basketball. Being in attack mode is a normal thing for Price who always looks to be the aggressor.

“My playing is very physical,” Price said. “I have a high motor. I attack the basketball well and rebound good for my size. I need to...

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Saddiq Bey reacts to Florida Gators offer

Class of 2018 wing from DC Premier Saddiq Bey has been turning heads this spring. His versatility and toughness is what is making him a hot commodity so far through 2 UAA sessions. Coaches from all over the country are falling in love Bey’s game as well as his dedication in the classroom. Bey caught up with GatorCountry.com to discuss his recruiting process and his recent offer from Florida.

Bey is one of the more versatile players in the 2018 class who can score the ball in a variety of ways. Bey has a strong work ethic and is always looking to take his game to new heights.

“I would...

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Florida Gators basketball latest offer for Llewellyn

Team Loaded(VA) has been one of the hottest teams in the Adidas circuit, and a lot of that has to do with the strong play from point guard Jaelin Llewellyn. The Canadian point guard has been very efficient and has made a statement through 8 games in the Adidas Gauntlet. Llewellyn caught up with GatorCountry.com to talk about his spring and his reaction to his recent Florida offer.

Llewellyn prides himself on being a playmaker. Not only can he set up his teammates to score, but he has the ability to score at a high rate himself.

“I’m a point guard that loves to get teammates involved...

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Florida Gators hoops target Little is having a successful spring

I can’t think of many recruits who have had a better spring than 1Family forward Nassir Little. Little has shown off his versatility and playmaking ability through two sessions of the Adidas Gauntlet. His impressive showing so far this spring has resulted in him receiving 13 offers in the month of April. Little caught up with GatorCountry.com to talk about his spring and his recruiting process.

Little has showcased his ability to score at all three levels on offense this spring. He has averaged 17 points and 7 rebounds per game through two sessions. Little has really worked on his...

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Williams Jr picks up an offer from the Florida Gators

2018 guard Greg Williams Jr has had a solid spring with his Houston Hoops team. He has scored at a consistent rate by shooting 60% from the field. His consistent play has helped Houston Hoops get to a 5-3 record through 2 EYBL sessions. Williams Jr recently caught up with GatorCountry.com to talk about his Florida offer and the EYBL.

Williams Jr doesn’t consider himself a one dimensional player. He can play in an up tempo offense as well as system that prefers to operate in the half-court set.

“One of my strengths is being able to play up tempo and also play in a half-court set,”...

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Florida Gators basketball offers versatile 2018 Bazley

Darius Bazley, 6’9 forward from Ohio, has big man size with the ball skills of a guard. Bazley is opening his recruiting process back up after recently decommitting from Ohio State. The versatility that he has is going to make him one of the most intriguing names in the class of 2018. GatorCountry.com caught up with Bazley about his Florida offer and his recruiting process.

A big man who has the ability to occasionally play at the point is a dangerous asset. Bazley believes his guard like skillset makes him a special player.

“I’m very versatile,” Bazley said. “I feel very...

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Talking Florida Gators recruiting in hoops and football: Podcast

GatorCountry brings you a new podcast as we talk Florida Gators recruiting for both basketball and football as the staffs are out evaluating players this spring.

Andrew Spivey and Zach Hughes first break down the recent offers from Gators basketball coach Mike White and how the 2018 class is shaping up so far.

Andrew closes out the podcast by breaking down each position for football and who they main targets are at each position as the Gators start to get visits set up for this summer.

TRANSCRIPT:

Andrew:                 What’s up, Gator Country? Your...

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Bill Koss chimes in on Legendary Hoops Contest!

Jason Williams goes up against Dan Cross.

Al Horford battles Patric Young.

Devin Robins faces off with Chandler Parsons.

Dametri Hill collides with Udonis Haslem.

And Joakim Noah takes on legendary Neal Walk.

We can dream, right?

Well, much of the Nuttin’ But Net community has done just that --- conjuring up a fantasy draft during which eight fans drafted All-Time Gator Dream Teams. Those teams consist of players ranging from the programs very first team captain, Paul Beeler, to today’s stars—Chris Chiozza and Kevaughn. And virtually every super-hoopster in between ---...

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Florida Gators basketball offers 2019 guard Lecque

Jalen Lecque is a talented point guard who has seen his recruitment soar due to his strong play in the first two EYBL sessions. Lecque, who has spent the past three seasons at Scanlan high school in New York, recently announced that he will attend the Christ School in North Carolina this fall. Lecque caught up with GatorCountry.com to discuss his recent Florida offer and to update us on his recruiting process.

When Lecque steps on the court he instantly looks to be in attack mode. He prides himself on being aggressive and playing with a high level of effort.

“My playing style is more...

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2019 Guard talks about the Florida Gators basketball team

Tre Mann is a local Florida prospect who is really starting to catch the attention of coaching staffs from all around the country. The class of 2019 point guard from the Villages High School, has been impressive for the E1T1 16u squad so far in the travel season. Mann recently caught up with GatorCountry.com to talk about travel ball and his recruiting process.

Mann is a balanced point guard who can help the team in several ways. He has the ability to knock down big shots as well as setting others up for scoring opportunities.

“I am an all-around point guard,” Mann said. “I can...

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Kennedy talks interest in Florida basketball program

Keonte Kennedy has a reputation of being one of the top shooters in the 2018 recruiting class. Kennedy has upheld that reputation by shooting 45% from deep through two EYBL sessions. Despite being known as a great shooter, Kennedy is looking to prove that he is much more.

The 6’4 guard from Westlake High School is very confident in his shooting ability. Kennedy believes that he is versatile in scoring the ball, and isn’t just a catch and shoot player.

“I like to push the ball up the floor first and look for transition, but if that's not there pull it out and be able to execute a...

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Updating Lomax recruiting for Florida Gators basketball

Alex Lomax is one of the most balanced players in the 2018 recruiting class. The 6’0 185lb guard from East High in Memphis, is a player who can get the job done in various ways. Lomax will serve as a well-balanced guard for whatever team lands him in the 2018 class. Lomax recently caught up with GatorCountry.com to talk about his game and his recruiting process.

Lomax plays with extreme toughness and will do whatever it takes to help his team perform at a high level. His defensive ability is one thing that really sticks out when watching him play.

“I'm a tough guard, playmaker, and...

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Archie picks up an offer from the Florida Gators

As the April evaluation period concluded this past weekend, many prospects left college coaches with a strong impression. Kaden Archie, a guard from Midlothian(TX), is seeing his recruiting process heat up due in part to his showing in the first two Adidas Gauntlet sessions. Florida, Texas, SMU and LSU are the most recent teams to offer the talented guard from the Lone Star State. Archie recently caught up with GatorCountry.com to recap the Adidas Gauntlet and his recruiting process.

Archie is a very aggressive player who looks to attack the defense and make them uncomfortable. He also...

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Florida Gators basketball: Michael Devoe talks UF recruitment

2018 6’4 point guard Michael Devoe had a solid outing at EYBL session 1 in Hampton this past weekend. The Nike South Beach guard caught the eye of many coaches that were in attendance. His ability to run the offense in transition or in the half-court set was on display. Devoe averaged 15 points, 5 assists, and 5 rebounds in session 1 and looks to carry that momentum into Indianapolis for session 2 this weekend. Devoe caught up with GatorCountry.com to talk about the EYBL and to give an update on his recruiting process.

Despite going 1-3 in Hampton, Devoe believes that his team has what...

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Jitoboh gets an offer from the Florida Gators

The class of 2019 looks to be loaded with many talented big men and Jason Jitoboh is a name to keep an eye on. The 6’10 big man from Hamilton Heights Christian(Chattanooga) is a guy who has tremendous upside and will be a key asset to whatever team lands him in the 2019 recruiting class. Jitoboh recently spoke with GatorCountry.com about his game and recruiting process

Jitoboh is more of a traditional back to the basket offensive player. He also loves playing defense and impacting the game on the defensive end.

“I would say I am a traditional center,” Jitoboh said. “I play back...

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Jalen Carey picks up an offer from the Florida Gators

Jalen Carey, a 2018 combo guard from Immaculate Conception in New Jersey, is one of the names that is heating up in the 2018 class. In the past week, he has picked up 7 offers from big name programs. Florida is among those who have recently offered. Carey recently talked with GatorCountry.com about his game and his recruitment.

Carey is a player who stays in attack mode. He has great quickness in the open floor and is confident in his ability to get to the rim.

“I just like getting out in the open court,” Carey said. “I’m a quick guard and I feel that it is hard to stop me when...

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Florida Gators in the mix for Locke

The class of 2018 is filled with many explosive scorers and Noah Locke has the scoring ability to be among the best in the class. The 6’2 guard from McDonogh School in Owings Mills, Maryland can score the ball at a high rate and many schools would love to have his scoring ability on their roster.

Locke views himself as a scoring guard. He believes that he can score the ball in a variety of ways and that’s what makes him such an intriguing talent.

“I'll describe my style of play as a scoring guard,” Locke told GatorCountry.com. “I can score the ball efficiently in several...

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Florida Gators women’s basketball completes coaching staff

Special report on the Florida Gators women's basketball team:

GAINESVILLE, Fla. - Kelly Rae Finley, Laura Harper and John McCray have joined the Gator program as assistant coaches, new University of Florida head coach Cameron Newbauer announced today.

Additionally, Scott Schmelzer will be Florida's video coordinator, Serena Wilson continues her role as the director of basketball operations and Lani McQuade remains as the Executive Assistant and ever-present sunshine for the group.

"First and foremost, we want to have the right people around our players, the right people around our...

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Dotson enjoys his Florida Gators basketball visit

The class of 2018 is loaded with talent, and one of the most sought after recruits is point guard Devon Dotson. The talented guard from Providence Day School in Charlotte has offers from some of the top programs in the country. Dotson is a player that can come in and help a team from day one.

Dotson is confident in his ability to lead a team and be the floor general. Dotson also possesses dynamic speed and quickness that makes him tough to guard.

“I feel that I am a dynamic point guard that is athletic, fast, and quick,” Dotson said. “I think that the way I play puts pressure on...

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Devin Robinson declares for NBA Draft

Devin Robinson announced his decision to forgo his senior season with the Florida Gators basketball team via a message posted on his Instagram and Twitter accounts Friday.

Thank you Gator Nation for all of your support! I will forever and always be a Gator! 🐊 pic.twitter.com/Kc6FNDXiAo

— Devin Robinson (@drobbb3) April 14, 2017
"This decision was not easy for me; in fact, it was one of the hardest decisions I have ever faced," Robinson wrote. "I will be leaving a...

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Florida Gators basketball hosting transfer on campus

The Florida Gators basketball program will host one of the top transfer targets this weekend on campus. Egor Koulechov, a 6’5 210-lb transfer from Rice, possesses a skill set that would improve any program in the country. This veteran player will provide sharp shooting and rebounding from day one.

Koulechov began his career at Arizona State during the 13-14 season. He saw action in 27 games, while starting in 7 of them. Koulechov averaged 3.7 points, 2.8 rebounds, and shot the ball 11-33 from behind the arc. The potential of the player that Koulechov could grow into was shown in his...

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Eric Hester to transfer from Florida Gators

Eric Hester, the first player to commit to Florida Gators head coach Mike White, has decided to transfer. The freshman from Clearwater appeared in 20 games for the Gators, averaging 5.6 minutes per game. Hester appeared in only two of the Gators last nine games.

It was a tough task for Hester to find minutes behind Kasey Hill and Chris Chiozza. However, Hester proved that he had potential in his limited action for Florida. We saw glimpses of his potential through his ability to defend and knock down the deep ball. In the 106-71 victory over LSU on January 25th, Hester went 5-5 from behind...

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White looks ahead to next Florida Gators basketball season

College basketball season officially ended Monday night, and the way-too-early preseason basketball rankings are already starting to come out. Coming off a run to the Elite Eight in the 2016-17 season, Florida is highly regarded in most of those polls.

While it is nice for the program to finally get a little recognition, a poll in early April means next to nothing. Mike White, who is headed into his third year at the helm of the Florida Gators basketball program, could not care less what anyone thinks they know about a season that is seven months away.

“First off, I would wait and see...

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Devoe picks up an offer from the Florida Gators

Michael Devoe, a class of 2018 point guard prospect, is a guy whose name has been heating up as of late. The 6-foot-4, 175-lb. point guard from Oak Ridge High School in Orlando is approaching the summer with a great deal of momentum in his recruiting process.

The size and length of Devoe at the point guard position makes him a tough matchup for opposing guards. Devoe sees the court well and looks to make things easier on his teammates.

“I am a pass-first point guard, but I can score from all three levels as well,” Devoe said. “My strengths are getting my teammates involved, scoring...

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Florida Gators hoops sitting at the top for Boyce

Ryan Boyce is a versatile player who the Gators would love to see in Florida orange and blue. Boyce is a 6’6 guard/forward from Houston High School in Tennessee. Boyce is a guy that has the it factor, and many schools recognize that. Schools from all over the country want Boyce’s services. Florida has put itself it great position to land this class of 2018 talent.

Boyce is a guy that can score at a high level. His ability to create his own shot is one of the reasons he is such a highly sought out recruit.

“I pride myself on my ability to score the ball and to be able to create my...

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Florida Gators basketball: 2016-17 season in review

It is finally sinking in that Florida Gators basketball season is over. Florida finished the season with a 27-9 overall record while playing the seventh-ranked strength of schedule in the country.

The Gators were road warriors to start the season, playing their first 11 games away from home while Exactech Arena at the Stephen C. O’Connell Center was in the final stages of reconstruction. Florida was 8-3 over that span, with its three losses coming to strong opponents in Gonzaga, Duke and Florida State.

Florida won the very first game to be played in Exactech Arena over Little Rock...

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Johnson excited about future of Florida Gators basketball

Versatility and size are two attributes that come in handy in the game of basketball. A combination of both makes for a dangerous player. Florida is getting a guy with both in class of 2017 forward Chase Johnson. The 6’8 big man from Huntington Prep in West Virginia will be bringing a unique skill set to Gainesville.

The way Johnson loves to play is the same way that the Gators look to play. Johnson wants to run the floor and make plays. The ability to shoot the ball well from distance makes him difficult to guard.

“I like to get up and down the floor. I feel that I’m really...

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Newbauer hired as Florida Gators women’s basketball coach

Special report on the Florida Gators women's basketball team:

GAINESVILLE, Fla. - Cameron Newbauer will be the 10th head coach of the University of Florida women's basketball program, Athletics Director Scott Stricklin announced Monday.

Newbauer (38), spent the previous four seasons as head coach at Belmont University, located in Nashville, Tennessee. Under Newbauer, the Bruins reached the postseason three times, including NCAA Tournament berths the last two seasons.

Belmont won 35 of its last 36 games against Ohio Valley Conference opponents - a run that included league tournament...

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Florida Gators fall short of Final Four vs. South Carolina

The Florida Gators basketball season came to an end on Sunday with a 77-70 loss to South Carolina in the NCAA Tournament East Regional Final. The Gators found themselves on the other end of a hard-fought game as they could not close things out in the final minutes.

Florida’s chances seemed good after playing a relatively poor first half and still taking a 40-33 lead into halftime. A strong start to the second half could have been all the Gators needed to run away with the game, but that story did not play out.

South Carolina cut Florida’s lead to just one point less than four minutes...

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