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Chris Harry's Basketball Potpourri

Discussion in 'Nuttin' but Net' started by gatorjjh, Apr 16, 2018.

  1. gatorjjh

    gatorjjh A Gator with a Glass half full attitude Moderator VIP Member

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    Harry Fodder: Basketball Notebook (New coach, Jalen, Gak, etc.)
    New assistant coach Armon Gates was introduced to the UF media last week.
    By Chris Harry UF

    GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Mike White could have gone in a number of directions when it came to filling the hole on his Florida staff. A former head coach. A big man specialist. Older. Younger. High major. Mid major. NBA background. UF background. There were a lot of guys out there.
    The key was finding the right guy.
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    Whether Jalen Hudson will be a Gator next season is a question that is still a ways away from being answered.
    Hudson, the fourth-year junior and Virginia Tech transfer who led UF in scoring at 15.5 points per game, submitted his name into the NBA's early entry pool, but did not hire an agent, leaving open the option to return to school. As part of the process, Hudson will be evaluated and receive feedback from league types on his potential draft status.
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    Reserve center Gorjok Gak underwent surgery April 4 to repair an injured right knee that plagued the 6-foot-11, 245-pounder the entire 2017-18 season. The UF health staff went into the procedure uncertain how severe the injury would be. The results were encouraging.
    "It wasn't nearly as bad as we thought," head trainer Dave Werner said.

    read the full Chris Harry Column at:Harry Fodder: Basketball Notebook (New coach, Jalen, Gak, etc.)
     
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  2. gatorbogey

    gatorbogey Premium Member

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    May miss out on a grad transfer this season. That is, if Hudson does indeed leave. But it sounds like Gak will be available for the season. One question about the potential grad transfers: are they typically waiting to join a team after the draft? What’s the word on that?
     
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  3. GatorPlanet

    GatorPlanet GC Hall of Fame

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    Probably a highly individual thing, but I doubt many will wait more than a few days past the declaration deadline. A lot depends on how badly a guy wants to come here. Canyon Barry really wanted to be here for the nuclear physics program and I'm sure would have waited. The coaches are being up front with the potential transfers.
     
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  4. themistocles

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    Planet, this is an important issue for many scholar-athletes who are not planning on going pro. UF has a large number of national and even a few world renowned programs, and sometimes such decisions relate merely to a specific professor that a student hopes to study/work with.

    Although it would be nice to get a Barry or 3Gor this coming year, it's possible that it may not be necessary. When was the last time the Gators had 12 players who could play competitively in the SEC (I'm including the 3 highly rated Frosh here), including 6 Bigs? Next year's team could be incredibly deep, although an additional guy on the wings would by a real bonus.
     
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  5. jeffphillips21

    jeffphillips21 GC Hall of Fame

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    Re Jalen, has anyone seen his name listed on any RECENT NBA draft rankings? I can't find him on any. Of course it all depends how he performs at tryouts/the combine...but it seems like he is no longer in the top 50 as he was as early as Jan. I'd love to see him play in the league but truth be told would love to have him back next year too.

    Is anyone seeing or hearing anything different? Seems to me he's all but guaranteed to come back next year (though who really knows)
     
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