Thank you for the questions! Bigs, more than any position, are tougher to evaluate out of high school. The Gators' 2017 schedule consisted of 6 home games, 3 away games, and 2 neutral site games in the regular season. For example, football being at 20% means 17,000 people or so, and 17,000 tickets is a whole lot more than 0, so that’s a lot of money for opening up to 20% versus doing no fans. Growing up in Canada, an American channel showing SEC basketball games was his first exposure to Gator hoops, and he has been hooked ever since.

They were led by third-year head coach Jim McElwain until his dismissal on October 28, after which defensive coordinator Randy Shannon served as the interim head coach until the end of the season.[2]. What bigs are we recruiting? 3, Scottie Lewis.
Flying up and down the court with the confidence we saw in high school when he was a McDonald’s All-American. You see misses all the time when it comes to recruiting bigs, and some of the best bigs in the country year to year are lower-rated guys who simply figured it out at the college level.

The defense capitalized on numerous LSU turnovers while the offense put on a solid performance which included a 98-yard touchdown pass to put the Gators up 10–7 entering the fourth quarter. Sounds like Florida is getting back to the dribble drive offense, a continuity-based style of offense where you try to create driving lanes for ball handlers. That rule would allow players to transfer once without penalty of a redshirt season, something that will drastically change the way roster construction is done. at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium • Gainesville, Florida. Do you have a sports website? They faced Georgia at a neutral site.

Considering the Gators have missed on Dontay Bassett, Gorjok Gak, and Isaiah Stokes, you better believe they’re looking at a more sustainable option and looking at transfers who have proven they can compete in college is likely the way they are going when it comes to the frontcourt.
All rights reserved. The Gators' 2017 schedule consisted of 6 home games, 3 away games, and 2 neutral site games in the regular season. Tennessee and Kentucky are looking strong but it’s not out of the realm of possibility the Gators compete for an SEC title. He brings the rim protection and athleticism they lacked last year in Kerry Blackshear but thrived with when they had Kevarrius Hayes. The spring game, dubbed the Orange and Blue Debut, took place on April 7, in Gainesville. We know Florida loves the transfer route already, even with the redshirt year, so you better believe they are going to be ready to hit the transfer market HARD when nearly every player will be instantly eligible. Because, well, Keyontae Johnson. However, it became apparent that week as the date of the game approached that Hurricane Matthew would likely devastate Florida's Atlantic coast.

Duncan – 5 receptions, 75 yards, FLA – Tyree Cleveland – 2 receptions, 67 yards. [4] In the week that followed, heated negotiations between athletic directors Jeremy Foley of Florida and Joe Alleva of LSU. The game eventually came down to a fourth-and-goal play for LSU with three seconds remaining in the game, a play which was stuffed by the Gators defense, preserving an emotional 16–10 win in Death Valley to guarantee a berth in the 2016 SEC Championship Game against undefeated Alabama. Find out more. He’s the most skilled offensively of the bigs, and also has ridiculous length to also protect the rim well. Baseball Roster; Recruiting. I’m even anticipating Anthony Duruji will command some minutes at the 5 since Florida wants to be quick and athletic, and also he’s so good that he’ll need to get on the floor and the Gators might not want to move Keyontae Johnson away from the 4 and Scottie Lewis away for the 3. He loves zone defenses, the extra pass, and a 30 second shot clock. This is a great question, and one that I recently discussed here that will go into more detail. The 2016 season opener was highlighted by the rededication of Florida Field to honor Steve Spurrier, the all-time winningest head coach in Florida history, as the field was rebranded as Steve Spurrier-Florida Field. Because only a small deviation in the storm's destructive projected path would have brought severe weather to the immediate Gainesville area, the Saturday game was indefinitely postponed on Thursday. I’ve read he looks awesome but will his minutes be seldom given the competition at the three? The reason why? For whatever reason, this seemed like a great time to do it with so many questions surrounding basketball and luckily there were plenty of great questions sent in. The metric Barttorvik, historically one of the most accurate college basketball analytics tools, currently has the Gators as the 6th best team entering the season which shows how good they can be.

ESPN grades are on a 100-point scale. Ask and you shall receive!

At Vanderbilt, the Gators struggled to a 13–6 victory over the Commodores. He also played some hedging ball screen defense at Michigan, a style Coach White loves, and should be comfortable doing it at Florida. What should we be expecting out of Samson Ruzhentsev?

I’m sure Jason Jitoboh will find some minutes but man, it’s hard to see exactly how he’ll get in there for long stretches. The season was opened against Michigan in the Advocare Classic. Following the game, it was announced that Florida and Head Coach Jim McElwain would be parting ways and Defensive Coordinator Randy Shannon was to be promoted to interim head coach for the remainder of the season. He looked longer, something confirmed when he measured at 6’5” when he came to Florida. Earlier this week season ticket holders were emailed asking if they would like to renew season seats, so I’ve definitely got to think they’re planning on having some capacity though almost certainly it will have to be reduced, and probably drastically. They traveled to Kentucky, Missouri, and South Carolina. I love Samson Ruzhentsev. Getting to the rim at will, shooting the ball off the dribble… and to reiterate, he is now 6’5”. UNLV 77, Duke 79, Kentucky 103, Duke 104, UNC 54, Kansas 53, NC State 54, Houston 52. (#6 seed in East)Won East First Round (77-62) versus #11 St. Bonaventure Gator Country user mbfgator: Who would you choose for your starting 5? Lewis should be the better defender but Ruzhentsev is a bit longer and is pretty athletic himself so he should be able to compete on that end.

It’s been a long time since Florida has had two players who could break opponents down off the bounce and if Appleby and Mann are on the floor together that would be the case. Another difference from football to basketball are the financial implications. Gator Country user kylerevou: What is a realistic record for the Gators this year? Throughout the last year or so there have been multiple requests for a Gator Country mailbag article–a chance for users to submit questions regarding Florida basketball.

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