- October 3, 2022 at 2:43 pm #22705
Coming up shortly, Gators basketball will be holding an open practice for members of the media. Stay tuned for video, updates and observations
- October 3, 2022 at 2:52 pm #22706
Per UF SID Denver Parler, G Kyle Loften’s injury status is listed as day-to-day
- October 3, 2022 at 3:08 pm #22707
Teams split up between forwards/centers and guards. Guards working on cuts, quick passes and three-pointers. F/C working on screens, passes into the paint and posting up.
Castleton, as always, looked good. Alex Fudge is certainly every bit of 6-9 and might be taller if I’m being honest.
Fr. Denzel Aberdeen can fly. Nice dunks while cutting. Alex Klatsky looked efficient from deep.
- October 3, 2022 at 3:10 pm #22709
Second set of drills. Team split into two groups.
One group worked on getting off screens and on-ball defense. Second group worked on boxing out after free throws. No major standouts as it was basic drills and Golden seemed pleased.
- October 3, 2022 at 3:13 pm #22710
Some Exactech Arena news: it looks like they’re in the process of moving the TV cameras to the other side.
In the past, the camera faced the Center Court Club and only showed the heads of the student section. Now, it looks like it’ll face the students.
- October 3, 2022 at 3:14 pm #22711
Important attendees: Scott Stricklin and Sean Kelley are here.
- October 3, 2022 at 3:15 pm #22713
Guard Will Richard is not practicing today as expected
- October 3, 2022 at 3:21 pm #22715
Gators doing five-on-five.
Blue: G Trey Bonham, G Myreon Jones, G Kowacie Reeves, F Alex Fudge, C Colin Castleton.
White: G Denzel Aberdeen, G Niels Lane, G Jack May, F CJ Felder, C Aleks Szymczyk.
- October 3, 2022 at 3:22 pm #22716
Note: Klatsky started but was subbed for May, Jitoboh subbed in for Castleton. G Riley Kugel came in for Reeves.
- October 3, 2022 at 3:23 pm #22717
Quick bucket by CJ Felder. A couple fouls on shots early on, one by Fudge and other by Szymczyk on attempted blocked shots.
Team blue is up 6-2
- October 3, 2022 at 3:24 pm #22719
Really impressive possession by Aberdeen. Missed 3, but able to get the offensive board and drive in to draw a foul. Hit both free throws
- October 3, 2022 at 3:25 pm #22720
My oh my Colin Castleton. Posted up against Szymczyk with shot clock winding down, fade away jump shot and fouled for the and-one. Missed the FT, but impressive nonetheless
- October 3, 2022 at 3:28 pm #22723
Really good back-to-back plays by Lane. Drove in and hit a floater above Jones. Really impressive offensive arsenal. On the defensive end, Jones cut by him but it was knocked away by Lane.
- October 3, 2022 at 3:29 pm #22724
Alex Fudge and Colin Castleton could be a great dynamic duo on offense.
Fudge used his length and size to drive inside and hit Castleton near the basket, Castleton fouled by Aberdeen and another and-one.
- October 3, 2022 at 3:32 pm #22725
This team needs some work defensive rebounding, though. Multiple offensive boards because of guys not looking or the offensive player sneaking past.
Niels Lane has looked much improved since the end of last season
- October 3, 2022 at 3:33 pm #22726
Blue team won that portion 10-4.
Teams now working on plays on air.
- October 3, 2022 at 3:34 pm #22727
On air, miscommunication between Lane and Felder. Lane tried to bounce pass to a cutting Felder, pass to far ahead and Felder wasn’t paying attention.
“Run it again, got to hit those passes, there’s no defense out here.” – Golden
- October 3, 2022 at 3:36 pm #22728
Alex Fudge is my player to watch this season.
Size of a forward, length of a center, speed and athleticism of a guard. Had a nice put back after a Castleton miss followed by an alley-oop dunk
- October 3, 2022 at 3:39 pm #22729
- October 3, 2022 at 3:40 pm #22730
- October 3, 2022 at 3:42 pm #22731
Despite some of the hype with the individual players, this team still has a lot of work to do.
In a five-on-zero drill practicing plays, Fudge committed an inadvertent travel followed by Aberdeen failing to cut.
Following possession, Lane and Jitoboh nearly collided while cutting.
No yelling from coaches, however. Alex Klatsky and the coaches began clapping to get the team back in it.
- October 3, 2022 at 3:44 pm #22732
Back to five-on-five half court running the plays they just practiced. Same teams as before.
Castleton kicks off the scoring with a floater over Szymczyk.
- October 3, 2022 at 3:45 pm #22733
Might I add, it’s make it-take it.
Fudge hits a three and Blue is up 5-0 just like that
- October 3, 2022 at 3:46 pm #22734
Fudge drives in, Felder blocks it from behind but ref calls a foul.
“Terrible call ref!” Felder says, and trash-talking ensues.
- October 3, 2022 at 3:47 pm #22735
True-FR Denzel Aberdeen with great on-ball defense. Not letting Jr. Bonham by him at all.
Szymczyk struggling with fouls underneath the basket. His third of the practice
- October 3, 2022 at 3:48 pm #22736
However, he makes up for it, teaming up with Lane for a big turnover on a double team. Jitoboh couldn’t get a screen set and they trapped.
- October 3, 2022 at 3:49 pm #22737
Felder used all of his size against Reeves to fight inside, but good job by Reeves to force a short shot. Bend but don’t break, kinda like the Gator defense yesterday
- October 3, 2022 at 3:51 pm #22738
Cut and slam for Riley Kugel. If Fudge wasn’t 6-9, they look exactly the same play style-wise. Kugel is at 6-5.
- October 3, 2022 at 3:52 pm #22739
Trey Bonham might be the most true-PG Florida’s had since Nembhard. Incredible bounce-pass from past the three-point line to Castleton for the layup. In traffic, too.
- October 3, 2022 at 3:54 pm #22740
This is a not-at-all-needed/way too early starting lineup projection for no reason *reflects Lofton and Richard being out with injuries*
PG – Bonham
G – Reeves
G – Lane
F – Fudge
F – Castleton
Depending on how Lofton and Richard look, they could take a guard spot and bounce either Bonham or Lane.
- October 3, 2022 at 3:57 pm #22743
Really high on Riley Kugel. Hit a step-back three at the buzzer with a defender in his face. Called bank on his shot. He’s looked good today, too, with a couple nice shots.
- October 3, 2022 at 3:58 pm #22744
Riley Kugel again. This time driving in, two defenders on him, lays it in while drawing the foul.
Golden had him running point on that possession, even with Reeves and Jones on his team, and he commanded that possession
- October 3, 2022 at 4:01 pm #22745
Good lord, I wish we were allowed to film what just happened.
Alex Fudge with a reverse one-hand slam in the face of CJ Felder, and Felder fell down.
Practice had to stop for a brief moment.
Jitoboh had probably the best reaction.
“That boy got to sit down. Got to take him out the game after that one.”
- October 3, 2022 at 4:03 pm #22746
“CJ mad, he gonna shoot it after that one.” – Jitoboh.
Felder did shoot it after Fudge fell down, but missed
- October 3, 2022 at 4:05 pm #22747
Szymczyk makes a nice play inside, a change from the previous plays where he’s been called for fouls.
Pokes the ball out and forces a turnover
- October 3, 2022 at 4:10 pm #22748
Steph Curry or Colin Castleton?
Castleton hits a three in the face of Szymczyk to end the drill. Nothing but net
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