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Hoops Hodgepodge 2: Weekly Review (Chris Harry)

Discussion in 'Nuttin' but Net' started by gatorjjh, Jan 13, 2019.

  1. gatorjjh

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

    Apr 3, 2007
    Irvine, Fl
    Hoops Hodgepodge 2: Weekly Review, Jalen's Woes, Chiozza, Police, etc
    A weekly scattershot look at UF basketball.
    Chris Harry / Senior Writer uf

    UF would have been in trouble this week without Dontay Bassett, the 6-foot-9, 240-pound center/forward who was called on to do some dirty work down low while senior Kevarrius Hayes dealt with foul trouble. Bassett had seven points and five rebounds over 23 minutes in the 57-51 win Wednesday night at Arkansas, then seven points, three rebounds and hit all four of his free throws in 22 minutes in Saturday's 78-67 home loss to Tennessee. Good for him. Bassett was not a highly touted prospect out of Tampa (Fla.) Oldsmar Christian. In fact, Mike White and his coaching staff, just six months into their time at UF, recruited Bassett as a developmental and culture type player. Bassett red-shirted his first season and over the last two has garnered a reputation as the most physical player on the team, a label he lives up to given his number of fouls. Last season, he had the seventh-most fouls on the team (40), despite playing the fewest average minutes in the regular rotation (7.1). This season, he's second on the team in fouls (33) and ninth in minutes (12.6), but he's fouling less per minute and his minutes are going up as his coaches' collective trust increases with him on the floor. Give Bassett credit for embracing his role and doing so with the right attitude. All programs need these kinds of players and both Bassett and the Gators will be better for it in the long run.

    A lot of the issues Coach Mike White has spoken about time and again with his players continue to rear themselves. Against Tennessee, they did so inopportune times late.


    Hoops Hodgepodge 2: Weekly Review, Jalen's Woes, Chiozza, Police, etc - Florida Gators