Gator basketball recruits have spent the summer working out and preparing for the start of the season, but the top-ranked Gators’ class is still far from complete.
With only one guaranteed scholarship remaining, the Gators have a lot of work to do to fill the roster with elite talent.
But here’s what the top prospects in the country are doing in the process:A year ago, the class was a complete train wreck.
The Gators had a combined record of 42-42, with an average of 24 wins per season.
At the end of the year, the team had a record of 30-21, with just eight wins.
The top players from that class are currently in college basketball, including Jaron Blossomgame (Michigan), T.J. McConnell (Texas A&M), Brandon Ingram (LSU), and Marcus Paige (Syracuse).
They’ve all gone on to make the pros, and the top three are now the only four in the nation with a scholarship offer from an SEC school.
But the Gators still have a long way to go to compete in the Big 12.
After the departure of head coach Billy Donovan in 2019, the league had only one ranked team (Mississippi State) at the start, and it’s been one of the biggest disappointments of the conference in recent years.
A lot of the players have had to earn their scholarships, but not everyone has done that.
One player, a 6-foot-11 freshman, is the only Gator in this class to not play in a game.
The other two are already playing, and will be competing against the other teams in the league.
In this clip from “Basketball Nation,” the top prospect in the class talks about his journey to the NBA, and what it takes to become a great player.
The first-year Gator coach has had to put a lot on his shoulders.
His last season as head coach was a disaster, as he was fired after the program was eliminated in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.
He went 4-12 and went 1-13 in his first season.
In the spring, he signed with the Dallas Mavericks, who had an opening in the NBA draft, and played a small role in the team’s success.
He averaged 10.5 points and 7.5 rebounds in 20.4 minutes per game, shooting 57 percent from the field.
The next season, the Mavericks went 13-14 and were eliminated from the NCAA tournament, the last of his four seasons at Florida.
In his first year in Dallas, he averaged 10 points and 6.0 rebounds.
After his season with the Mavericks, he joined the Warriors, who he helped guide to the Finals in 2016.
He started at power forward and was a key contributor, averaging 12.3 points and 5.4 rebounds in 19.3 minutes per contest.
In 2019, he played with the Timberwolves and helped them win the Western Conference title.
He also averaged 8.6 points and 4.0 assists per game in 23.7 minutes per night.
The year before, he left his native New Jersey to play for the Los Angeles Clippers.
He was traded to the Warriors a few months later, but he returned to New Jersey, where he played a key role in their NBA title.
In the first round of last season’s playoffs, he was the only player to average 10 points, five rebounds, and three assists.
The NBA draft was just around the corner, and his stock took a big hit.
He had to sit out the 2019-20 season due to NCAA eligibility, and he averaged just 10.3 point and 4 rebounds in 29.7 games this season.
The season after that, he went undrafted and was released from the Mavericks.
He’s spent the last year or so working out in China, but it’s still a lot to handle.
He has to be a lot more consistent on the court.
A year after his NBA career, he started coaching high school basketball in Ohio.
In 2018, he became the first high school coach to be named a head coach in the same year he was named an All-American.
He helped turn the Little Rock School into a powerhouse in the state, winning state championships in 2018 and 2019 and capturing two state titles.
The 2018-19 season was his best yet, as Little Rock went 9-3 and advanced to the semifinals of the state tournament.
He finished the year by winning the state championship.
He led the Little Rocks to a national championship and was named the Ohio coach of the month.
This video is from “The College Hoops Podcast,” where you can listen to the team talk about the 2016 NCAA Tournament and other topics.
This is a transcript of the audio.