Florida Gators WiretapApril 2012 Florida Gators Wiretap

Anthony Bennett Cuts Washington From Final List

Apr 19, 2012 10:38 AM

Anthony Bennett, a top-10 recruit, cut his list of possible college destinations to Florida, Kentucky, Oregon and UNLV.

“He’s definitely taken Washington off the list,” Mike George of CIA Bounce confirmed. “He’s down to four.”

Bennett plans to soon eliminate another school from consideration.

“He’ll take another [school] off by next week,” George said. “He’s only gonna’ visit three schools.”

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Billy Donovan To Coach US Junior National Team

Apr 17, 2012 10:16 PM

Billy Donovan will serve as head coach of the USA Basketball junior national team.

Donovan’s coaching staff will include Gonzaga head coach Mark Few and VCU head coach Shaka Smart.

“It’s always an honor to be selected to represent your country, and I’m incredibly thankful for this opportunity to be a part of USA Basketball,” Donovan said. “I have great respect for Shaka Smart and Mark Few, and I’m looking forward to working alongside them.”

The 2012 FIBA Americas under-18 Championships will be held this summer in Sao Sebastiao do Paraiso, Brazil.

Gainesville Sun

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Bradley Beal's Catch-And-Shoot Ability Draws Comparison To Ray Allen

Apr 16, 2012 11:36 AM

One NBA talent evaluator sees a little bit of Ray Allen in Bradley Beal.

"I'm not comparing him to Ray (Allen), but he's the best I've seen since Ray in terms of being able to catch and shoot," said an official from a Southeast Division.

Despite the high praise, Beal shot just 33.9 percent from beyond the arc during his lone season at Florida.

"The one thing that hindered him was (Kenny) Boynton and (Erving) Walker were chuckers," said a Southwest Division scout. "I saw him against Arizona and I wanted Bradley to get (ticked): 'Why don't y'all pass the ball?' But he stayed in his lane. If Bradley had played with a better point guard, he probably would have had better numbers."

Standing at 6-foot-3 with good length and a strong frame, Beal has the tools to play shooting guard at the next level.

"I think he can guard people," the Northwest scout said. "He's really, really strong, very physical. I think he takes it personally. He wants to guard. And if you're going to play for Billy (Donovan) you have to have some of that in you."

NBA.com

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Dwayne Schintzius Passes Away At 43

Apr 16, 2012 10:55 AM

Dwayne Schintzius passed away on Sunday at the age of 43.

Schintzius died of complications from leukemia.

Schintzius, who played collegiately at Florida, was the first round pick of the Spurs in 1990.

San Antonio Express-News

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Florida Adds DeVon Walker To Incoming Class

Apr 13, 2012 5:15 PM

DeVon Walker has signed a national letter of intent to play for Florida.

Walker, a 6-foot-6, 187-pound small forward, chose the Gators over Alabama.

“It was a tough decision,” Walker said. “I loved both coaches (Billy Donovan and Anthony Grant). Getting a chance to play close to home, for my family to see me play, ultimately that was the reason why I made my decision.”

Gainesville Sun

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Bradley Beal Will Declare For Draft

Apr 13, 2012 10:01 AM

Bradley Beal will soon announce his intention to enter the 2012 NBA draft.

In one season at Florida, Beal averaged 14.8 points, 6.7 rebounds and 2.2 assists in 34.2 minutes per game. He connected on 44.5 percent of his field goal attempts, including 33.9 percent from three-point range.

The 6-foot-3 guard will be a high lottery selection.

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Anthony Bennett Considering Five Schools, Plans To Choose Next Month

Apr 8, 2012 1:48 PM

Anthony Bennett expects to make his college decision next month.

“Yeah, it is tough [making a decision],” Bennett said. “That’s why I haven’t made my decison yet, but hopefully after I take all my visits it won’t be so hard.

“I’m looking at like early May.”

Bennett, a 6-foot-8, 230 pound native of Canada, has narrowed his choices to Kentucky, Florida, Oregon, Washington and UNLV.

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Anthony Bennett Growing Tired Of Recruiting Process, Anxious To Make Decision

Apr 6, 2012 10:18 AM

The recruiting process is starting to wear on top-10 prospect Anthony Bennett of Henderson Findlay Prep High School.

“I appreciate all the love the coaches and fans give me,” Bennett said. “But it’s all getting kind of annoying.”

Bennett is considering Kentucky, Washington, Florida, Oregon and UNLV and he said “they are all pretty even. I don’t have a favorite right now. I’m just going to look at all of them.”

Bennett said the all-star game circuit, along with schoolwork and recruiting is just getting tough.

“I will be glad when it’s over,” Bennett said. “I’ve always stayed humble and tried to keep my head and why been annoying is because I have to do schoolwork throughout the year and then the phone calls. I have to my mom, talk to my friends, do homework and projects. And then there’s recruiting. It’s just tough.

“It will be nice to have it over with.”

Louisville Courier Journal

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Kenny Boynton Announces Intent To Return To Florida

Apr 5, 2012 5:22 PM

Kenny Boynton announced he'll return for his senior season at Florida.

"To confirm the questions being ask lately I have reached a decision and I am returning to Gainesville for my senior season #go gators," Boynton tweeted on Thursday.

Boynton averaged a team-high 15.9 points per game last season and ranks eighth on Florida’s all-time scoring list with 1,589 points.

Orlando Sentinel

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Beal Torn On Draft, May Delay Decision Until NBA Deadline

Apr 5, 2012 10:36 AM

Bradley Beal is torn about whether to declare for the NBA draft, according to a source with knowledge of Beal's thinking.

The 6-foot-3, 207 pound shooting guard is discussing the option to hold off his choice until April 29, which is the NBA’s deadline for underclassmen to put their names in for the draft.

He is projected as a top-5 pick.

Gainesville Sun

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Patric Young Expected To Return For Junior Season At Florida
Patric Young averaged 10.2 points and 6.4 rebounds this past season while battling foot injuries.

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