This senior class: best since the 04s?

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  1. GatorsGators
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    When was the last time we've had a class that turned out so perfectly?

    Young and Prather were the highly-rated recruits, and both have been good four-year players for us. It's tough to ask for more.

    Yeguete and Wilbekin, two under-the-radar pickups, have exceeded all expectations. Yeguete hasn't been much of a factor thus far, but his game is highly dependent on his quickness and explosiveness. I think, as he continues to heal, he'll get better and better. Wilbekin has become an All-SEC caliber PG, something no one could have possibly expected from the raw defensive specialist he was as a freshman.

    Our senior core is the key to this team's success. We'll go as far as they can carry us, and I think that'll be pretty far.
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    Unfortunately, the 04's were never a "senior class". Would have been nice though! :D

    But to your point, I would have to agree!
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    Ha. Whoops. Probably should just say "class."
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    Most definitely.....all respect must be given.

    3 Elite 8's during their days at UF.......hopefully they'll cap it off with not only a Final 4 but a national title!!!
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    Imagine if the 04s had been seniors too.... *salivates*

    Now THAT would be a team worth bringing up the question: 40-0?
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    I've always wondered that. We would have lost Humphries and Richard though.
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    Thinking back on the last decade (or at least since the year 2000), this may be one of the most 'successful' classes in CBB over that period. How many other classes have the kind of track record these guys have? I'm hard pressed to think of too many teams that went to back to back Elite Eights during that time other than the 04s and the UCLA teams from the same time (Farmar, Affalo, etc.).
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    and would have gained Calathes.
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    Wow…imagine the '04s with Calathes. Would have been interesting.
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    One could also add two SEC basketball titles to their list of accomplishments.
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    It'd be very interesting. Team chemistry is always the question, but on paper that is a helluva starting 5. Speights Tyus and Hodge off the bench?
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    Yeguete has struggled offensively, but he's still impacting the games defensively and on the glass. Next to Prather, he's probably the most versatile defender on the team.
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    And Parsons! It would have been freshman Parsons though... Still would have been sick to think about all of the talent on that squad!!! :D
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    Would have added Calathes and a sophomore Speights to the mix, though.
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    Hopefully three...
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    Yes, the first year for this group, only Young and Wilbekin played more than about 6 minutes per game, but those two really positively impacted the team and the abilities of Yeguete and Prather were clear for those who could open their eyes. As was noted, two outright SEC championships and 3 Elite 8s isn't bad for the 1st 3 years.

    Regarding the 07/08 team that "might have been," the loss of Richards and Humphrey would have been large, but as was noted, Speights would have been a considerably better 3rd 4/5 than he was a 4th in 2006/07. Calathas likely wouldn't have started, but he would have been a substantial help off the bench even though he can't jump over a newspaper or really, play very good defense. Even Lucas might have hung around given that scenario. Yeah, losing the top 6 players off what was primarily a 7 man roster (Speights didn't play a lot) really made life hard the next year.

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