Found November 06, 2012 on The Bull Gator:
With the football season more than halfway over, election day today, and the Florida Gators’ basketball season three days away, it’s safe to say that this year has been flying by. That being said, it’s always the right time to talk about basketball recruiting. Below is an update on how Florida stands with three elite basketball recruits. Center, Dakari Johnson: Good news came for Florida when it was learned that former 2014 center Dakari Johnson reclassified to become the No. 1 center in the 2013 class. This comes a pleasant surprise for Florida because, of course, they can never have enough size up front. Even more of a pleasant surprise, Johnson is a teammate of Kasey Hill at the Montverde Academy of Florida. Kasey Hill’s friendship and Johnson’s already-formed relationship with Billy Donovan through the Under-17 Olympic team should factor as advantages for Florida to land the top recruit. Leaders: Florida, Kentucky, Kansas, Syracuse, Georgetown, Ohio State, and Georgia Predictio...

Dakari Johnson to 2013 opens path for a potential Gators No. 1 class

Recent recruiting talk has been dominated by Coach Calipari and Kentucky. And for good reason. Cal has already landed three of the top-6 players according to ESPN, and is on the radar for several more elite recruits. So it's inconceivable that the Wildcats won't end up with the No. 1 class, again. Right? Well, lurking just behind him is another SEC program - the Florida...

Veterans respond to poor exhibition

Florida coach Billy Donovan hopes his veterans got their bad game out of the way before the regular season even started. Donovan was critical after Florida’s exhibition win over Nebraska-Kearney was highlighted by the freshmen. At times, the veterans looked sluggish and uninterested. With the season opening on Friday against Georgetown, Donovan thinks his veterans have flipped the switch.

College Basketball Countdown: Florida Gators- #6

College basketball is right around the corner. Games will be starting before you know it, and practices are just right around the corner. Here at Roundballchat I will release my top 100 teams for the 2012-13 college basketball season. I will start at 100 and count my way down. I will rank all the 75 programs in the six major conferences, as well as 25 mid majors in my top 100 countdown...

Gators have goal of staying unbeaten at home

GAINESVILLE, Fla. If you were at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium that day last November, you know exactly what Gators cornerback Jaylen Watkins spoke of Monday. Florida had completed the SEC portion of its schedule the previous week with a loss at South Carolina. The Gators returned home to host Furman, their final game before the annual regular-season finale against Florida State. A...

Florida's Ball 'values each moment' after scare

It started as the ''worst headache ever.'' And before Florida linebacker Neiron Ball knew the diagnosis, the pain had gotten so severe that he couldn't look down and was begging for medication. ''I can't really explain it,'' Ball said. ''The closest thing I can think is somebody just smushing my brain.'' Doctors determined...

Gators' Neiron Ball values each moment

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) -- It started as the "worst headache ever." And before Florida linebacker Neiron Ball knew the diagnosis, the pain had gotten so severe that he couldn't look down and was begging for medication. "I can't really explain it," Ball said. "The closest thing I can think is somebody just smushing my brain." Doctors determined...

Mann transferring from Florida

Florida lineman Jafar Mann has decided to transfer. The freshman met with head coach Will Muschamp on Sunday night to talk, and the conversation ended with him planning to leave the program. Mann has split time between offensive guard and defensive tackle since coming to campus over the summer.

Freshmen impressing in games and practice

Jonathan Bullard and Dante Fowler have made an impact off the edge of the Florida defensive line this season. Linebacker Antonio Morrison has filled in when Jelani Jenkins has dealt with injuries. Those are the freshmen most Florida fans know about, but they aren’t the only ones catching the eye of the Florida coaching staff. Plenty of others are impressing with their play in practice.

Louisiana-Lafayette-Florida Preview

Done with conference play, Florida will need some outside help to receive a berth in the SEC championship game. While they'll be hoping for their Eastern Division co-leader to slip up in the next two weeks, the seventh-ranked Gators will try to shore up some offensive issues when they host a couple of seemingly overmatched opponents, beginning with Louisiana-Lafayette in Saturday...
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