By MARK BAIROS & ADAM ZAGORIA
Trey Lyles has set an official visit for Florida and the 6-foot-10 Canadian forward is being personally recruited by Gators head coach Billy Donovan.
“It is official…date will be the 5th of October,” Tom Lyles, Trey’s father, told SNY.tv.
Florida hosts Arkansas in football that weekend.
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Zach Hodskins, who is missing the lower half of his left arm due to a birth defect, has an offer to join the Florida basketball program as a preferred walk-on, Yahoo!’s Prep Rally reported Thursday.
“It was just a dream come true. My whole life I’ve worked for this opportunity and the chance to play at a high-level Division 1 basketball program,” Hodskins, a 6-foot-2 junior guard at Milton (Ga.) High School, told ESPN Friday.
Prep Rally reported that Alabama-Birmingham and and Birmingham Southern are both considering offering full scholarships to Hodskins.
“When I’m out [on the court], I forget my arm isn’t there and just play ball,” Hodskins told the News-Herald of northern Ohio. “Passion and love for the sport helps me overcome all obstacles. To this day. I haven’t come across anything I can’t do.”
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One day after leaving the Nike Skills Academy in New Jersey, Brandone Francis committed to Florida.
“Yes, I picked them because that’s my dream school and I think it’s a perfect fit for me,” the 6-foot-5, 205-pound combo guard told SNY.tv Thursday after ESPN first reported the news. “I think i have a great chance to go up there and be a pro. I think they can make me a pro.
“That’s a great fit for me as a guard. They use a lot of pick and roll with their system and with Coach [Billy] Donovan’s help they can take me to the next level.”
The native of the Dominican Republic said he never cut his list to a top five, and simply went with Florida after consulting with his mom. To read more of this story, click here
Prized Florida recruit Chris Walker hasn’t qualified to play college ball and his situation remains in limbo, according to reports.
The 6-foot-10 Walker will not enroll in summer classes this week, according to the Orlando Sentinel.
Star point guard Kasey Hill of Montverde (FL) Academy, by contrast, is enrolled in summer school and began his orientation this week, the Sentinel said.
“Everything has to go through the NCAA Clearinghouse,” Florida assistant Matt McCall said during a conference call among SEC men’s basketball coaches. “We should have more information later this summer, but right now he’s continuing to work. The one thing I will say about Chris is he’s committed to the process and he has really done an unbelievable job. To read more of this story, click here
Just because Billy Donovan is the head coach of the U.S. U19 team doesn’t mean Michael Frazier will automatically make the final cut.
And nobody knows that better than Frazier himself.
“I just want to come out here and just play and show my ability,” Frazier, a 6-foot-4 rising sophomore guard at Florida, told SNY.tv by phone from training in Colorado Springs, Colo.
“People might say that he’s the coach, so I’m automatically on the team. That’s not the case because there’s a lot of guys out here that’s trying to get the spot I’m trying to get.” To read more of this story, click here
Florida has suspended senior guard Scottie Wilbekin indefinitely for a violation of team rules, the school announced Monday.
The 6-foot-2 Wilbekin averaged 9.1 points and 5.0 assists, second in the SEC, last season when the Gators finished 29-8.
Wilbekin missed the start of the 2012-13 season with his first suspension, which included the season opener against Georgetown on an aircraft carrier docked across from Charleston, S.C.. That game was never completed because of unsafe court conditions. To read more of this story, click here
2014 point guard Chris Chiozza is off the board.
The 5-foot-11 point guard from Memphis (Tenn.) White Station picked Florida Tuesday.
“Feels good to be a gator
#florida #universityofflorida #chomp,” he Tweeted.
He also considered Ohio State, Memphis, Tennessee, Auburn, UMass and Richmond.
“Florida’s always been one of my top three schools since I was a little kid,” Chiozza told SNY.tv recently in Fort Wayne, IN. “I’ve always loved watching them. I’d alsolove to play with Kasey Hill and Chris Walker, if they’re still there. They’re also recruiting my teammate Leron [Black] so that’s a school where we could play together.” To read more of this story, click here
Team Thad coach Norton Hurd told SNY.tv that 2014 point guard Chris Chiozza has not yet decided on his college landing spot.
“Chris Chiozza has not made any decision yet and will be committing this Tuesdsay,” Hurd said. “His list is now down to Ohio State, Memphis, Tennessee, Auburn, Florida, UMass and Richmond.”
Chiozza will commit to Florida next week, according to CBSSports.com.
“Florida’s always been one of my top three schools since I was a little kid,” Chiozza told SNY.tv last week in Fort Wayne, IN. “I’ve always loved watching them. I’d also To read more of this story, click here
Florida is making a habit out of landing transfer guards from Rutgers.
For the second time in four years, a former Rutgers and St. Anthony guard is headed to Florida.
Last time around it was Mike Rosario, now it’s Eli Carter.
And he could end up getting a hardship waiver to play right away.
“Proud to announce that I will be continuing my career at the University of Florida !!
#Gators,” the 6-foot-2 Carter Tweeted. To read more of this story, click here
On the same day that Eddie Jordan will be introduced as the new head coach at Rutgers, two players on the current roster will be taking steps out the door.
Sophomore guard Eli Carter will have an in-home visit with Florida coach Billy Donovan, and junior wing Mike Poole will visit Iona.
“Yes, Florida,” St. Anthony coach Bob Hurley told SNY.tv.
“I think with [former St. Anthony player and Florida assistant] Rashon Burno there and two guards leaving [Mike Rosario and Kenny Boynton], one guard signed, [Kasey] Hill is the only guard coming in, they can I think talk to him about playing time. To read more of this story, click here