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...
Read the rest here: Jitoboh gets an offer from the Florida Gators
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...
Read the rest here: Florida Gators in the mix for Locke
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...
Read the rest here: Dotson enjoys his Florida Gators basketball visit
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...
Read the rest here: Devin Robinson declares for NBA Draft
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, 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...
Read the rest here: Eric Hester to transfer from Florida Gators
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...
Read the rest here: White looks ahead to next Florida Gators basketball season
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...
Read the rest here: Devoe picks up an offer from the Florida Gators
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...
Read the rest here: Florida Gators hoops sitting at the top for Boyce
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...
Read the rest here: Florida Gators basketball: 2016-17 season in review
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...
Read the rest here: Johnson excited about future of Florida Gators basketball
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...
Read the rest here: Florida Gators fall short of Final Four vs. South Carolina
With a Final Four appearance on the line, the (4) Florida Gators (27-9) could not close out the game against the (7) South Carolina Gamecocks (26-10). The two familiar opponents battled it out to the very end, but the Gamecocks outlasted the Gators in the final minutes.
South Carolina advances to its first Final Four appearance in school history with the 77-70 win over Florida.
After a mostly evenly matched first half, the Gators pulled ahead in the final minutes of the half to go to the locker room with a 40-33 lead.
Florida returned to the court without the intensity it had to close...
Read the rest here: South Carolina ends the Florida Gators basketball season
It’s been less than 24 hours since Chris Chiozza drained the buzzer beater to save the season and send Florida Gators basketball to the Elite Eight. It is also less than 24 hours before the Gators take the court at Madison Square Garden once again.
The Gators are coming off the greatest win of the season and fighting complete emotional exhaustion in preparation for what will be the most significant Florida basketball game since 2014.
When the Gators arrived back at their hotel early Saturday morning after 2 a.m., players’ phones were still blowing up, especially Chiozza’s. The hero...
Read the rest here: Emotionally exhausted Florida Gators challenged by a quick turnaround
What to know: (4) Florida Gators vs. (7) South Carolina Gamecocks
When: Sunday, March 26, 2017 at 2:20 p.m. (ET)
Where: Madison Square Garden, New York City, N.Y.
Records: Florida (27-8, 14-4 SEC); South Carolina (25-10, 12-6 SEC)
Coaches: Mike White- 48-23 (2nd season at Florida), 149-63 (6th season overall); Frank Martin- 95-73 (5th season at South Carolina), 212-127 (10th season overall)
Radio: Gator IMG Sports...
Read the rest here: Elite Eight preview: Florida Gators vs South Carolina
There is no way to write a better script than the one that played out between (4) Florida and (8) Wisconsin in Madison Square Garden from late Friday night into the early hours of Saturday morning.
The game will forever be remembered as one of the most exciting and improbable finishes in NCAA Tournament history. After 10 lead changes, seven ties and three blown double-digit leads between the two teams, two seasons on the line came down to four seconds in overtime.
Four seconds was all Chris Chiozza needed to get down the court, get a three off and send up a quick prayer. The Gators...
Read the rest here: Florida Gators advance to Elite Eight after instant classic
The (4) Florida Gators (27-8) are headed to the Elite Eight for the fifth time in seven years after defeating the (8) Wisconsin Badgers (29-10) in overtime at Madison Square Garden Friday night.
Regulation was a game of quarters as the Gators struggled early, took control from the end of the first half through most of the second and let a late lead go in the final minutes of the second half.
After going down by 11 in the first half, KeVaughn Allen led the Gators on a 21-8 run to take a 34-32 lead to the locker room.
The Gators let a 12-point lead of their own slip away in the final five...
Read the rest here: Florida Gators basketball advances on buzzer beater
The Florida Gators basketball team gets a rare opportunity on Friday as it will take the court at Madison Square Garden for the second time in a single season.
Following Florida’s 84-74 loss to Duke in its first game at The Garden back in early December, it was a question as to whether the Gators would be a strong enough team to return to New York in March for the Sweet 16 or not.
Florida did not play a bad game there the first time, but it didn’t exactly play that well either. Duke picked Florida’s defense apart, finishing with the second-most points scored against the Gators all...
Read the rest here: Florida Gators looking for sweet redemption at Madison Square Garden
What to know: (4) Florida Gators basketball vs. (8) Wisconsin Badgers
When: Friday, March 24, 2017, at 9:59 p.m. (ET)
Where: Madison Square Garden, New York City, N.Y.
Records: Florida (26-8, 14-4 SEC); Wisconsin (27-9, 12-6 Big Ten)
Coaches: Mike White- 47-23 (2nd season at Florida), 148-63 (6th season overall); Greg Gard- 42-17 (2nd season at Wisconsin/overall)
Radio: Gator IMG Sports Network
Read the rest here: Florida Gators vs. Wisconsin preview: NCAA Tournament Sweet 16
Coach Mike White and the Florida Gators coaching staff did a great job putting together the 2017 recruiting class. A key member of the class is Raleigh, North Carolina native Michael Okauru. The 6’3 185lb point guard decided to attend Brewster Academy in New Hampshire for his senior season to help elevate his game
A staple in Okauru’s game is pushing the ball in transition and looking to make things happen for his teammates.
“I am an up-tempo guard who likes to push the ball in transition and get my teammates involved," Okauru said. "I just try to do everything that it takes to...
Read the rest here: Catching up with Florida Gators basketball commit Okauru
GatorCountry brings you a new podcast as we're joined by Zach Hughes who helps us recap the Florida Gators basketball team's Sweet 16 berth, plus preview the game against Wisconsin.
Andrew Spivey and Nick de la Torre ask Hughes what it's going to take for the Gators to beat Wisconsin and also how the Gators big men are playing lately.
Andrew and Nick also recap the Florida Gators football team's latest practices, plus how the diamond sports did this past weekend on the road.
Andrew: What’s up, Gator Country? Your man, Andrew...
Read the rest here: Sweet 16 preview and more for the Florida Gators: Podcast
Playing in the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament is a dream most young basketball players aspire to make a reality, but very few get the opportunity to do so. It is a once in a lifetime opportunity for most of the ones who do.
Well, except for the players at Wisconsin over the last four years. For them, making the Sweet 16 is business as usual.
Since 2014, Wisconsin has accumulated more NCAA Tournament wins (13) than any other team. The Badgers have four consecutive Sweet 16 appearances, two Final Four appearances and a National Championship appearance in that time.
Wisconsin brings in...
Read the rest here: Florida Gators tasked with countering Wisconsin’s experience and size
Jim McElwain is a basketball nut, something he’s never tried to hide, so you can imagine his excitement during March Madness.
In his first press conference in a week, McElwain opened up talking about how excited he was for Mike White and the Florida Gators basketball team, as well as how well the SEC has done in the tournament.
Mac is a fan, he’s going to watch as much college hoops as he can, but he is also using what White and the men’s basketball team is doing as a teaching tool for his team.
“My hat's off to how our guys are playing. Mike's got those guys playing...
Read the rest here: Jim McElwain using Florida basketball as example for football
It was all Gators in Orlando, as the Florida Gators basketball team propelled its way into the Sweet 16 with its huge 65-39 win over the Virginia Cavaliers.
It was supposed to be a low scoring squad between these struggling offenses and efficient defenses and for the most it was all Florida on the offensive end. The Cavaliers only had 17 points in the first half which is the lowest it has been held to all season. For the Gators it was Devin Robinson and Justin Leon who helped the Gators first half. KeVaughn Allen remained cold for the time being. Florida concerted on a last second bucket...
Read the rest here: Leon leads Florida Gators basketball to blowout win
Don’t expect too many points to be scored on Saturday when two of the nation’s best defenses square off in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.
Mike White told the media on Friday that he was trying to figure out a way for his team to score 40 against Virginia, and it wasn’t an exaggeration or a joke. The Cavaliers held four teams to fewer than 40 points this season and five more under 50.
Most notably, Virginia held North Carolina, a team that averages 84.9 points per game and plays a similar style to Florida, to just 43 points a few weeks back.
“What makes them good?...
Read the rest here: Defensive battle looming for Florida Gators basketball
Getting to Know Virginia
The Florida Gators will square off against the Virginia Cavaliers in the round of 32 Saturday night in Orlando. Virginia holds a record of 23-10(11-7). Just like Florida, Virginia was pegged by many as a first round upset favorite. The Cavaliers found themselves in tough position in the first half down 15, but terrific play from London Perrantes and 3pt shooting helped lead the team to a 76-71 win against UNCW.
Florida and Virginia are similar in the fact that both teams identity is found in defense. Virginia leads the nation in scoring defense...
Read the rest here: Getting to know Virginia: Florida Gators basketball
The Florida Gators basketball team started its NCAA tournament run on Thursday in Orlando when they took on East Tennessee State.
Gator Country was on hand and David Bowie brings you a photo gallery from the Gators win over ETSU that pushed them into the round of 32 on Saturday.
Check out our photo gallery to remember the big moments from the win on Thursday afternoon by the Gators basketball team.
Read the rest here: Florida Gators basketball photo gallery from the ETSU win
What to know: (4) Florida Gators vs. (5) Virginia Cavaliers
When: Saturday, March 18, 2017, at 8:40 p.m. (ET)
Where: Amway Center, Orlando, Fla.
Records: Florida (25-8, 14-4 SEC); Virginia (23-10, 11-7 ACC)
Coaches: Mike White- 46-23 (2nd season at Florida), 147-63 (6th season overall); Tony Bennett- 188-82 (8th season at Virginia), 257-115 (11th season overall)
Radio: Gator IMG Sports Network
Read the rest here: Florida Gators vs. Virginia Preview: NCAA Tournament Round of 32
The Florida Gators came into Thursday’s Round of 64 game as the pick to be the first upset of the NCAA Tournament. With chips on their shoulders, the Gators finished the game strong to defeat the East Tennessee State Buccaneers 80-65.
It was Florida’s first NCAA Tournament win since 2014. With the win, the Gators advance to the second round to play the University of Virginia. No. 5 seed UVA just held on to defeat No. 12 seed UNC Wilmington earlier in the day.
“It feels good,” said junior forward Devin Robinson. “Knowing that we lost three or four games and we were picked to be...
Read the rest here: Robinson leads Florida Gators to tournament win over ETSU
The Florida Gators will be entering the NCAA with a huge chip on their shoulder. Losing three out the last five games, and two of them being to Vanderbilt, is a major reason. Many people are viewing the 4-12 matchup between Florida and ETSU as an upset waiting to happen. The Gators are focused and ready to prove to the doubters wrong. Here are some keys to Florida being able to make a run in the tournament.
Florida has been among one of the best defensive teams in the nation all season. Smothering defense has been the reason for many wins and also...
Read the rest here: Keys for the Florida Gators to make a NCAA Tournament run