1 » Despite meeting and discussing opportunities with other franchises, former Florida Gators forward Corey Brewer chose stability – and plenty of cash – on Friday when he agreed to a three-year, $24 million deal to return to the Houston Rockets. Brewer, who has been on five franchises in eight seasons, has proven to be a solid, versatile defender throughout his NBA career; however, he has struggled offensively, averaging 10.2 points per game while knocking down just 29 percent of his three-pointers (19.5 percent last season). Still, he is a capable roleplayer for a contender, already has a ring and has been a consistent highlight factory during his career.
Former Florida Gators center Patric Young has decided not to participate in the 2015 NBA Summer League and will instead sign a two-year, fully-guaranteed deal with Greek powerhouse Olympiacos later this week, a source told OnlyGators.com exclusively on Thursday.
Young, who was initially planning to play for the Phoenix Suns and Los Angeles Clippers in hopes of securing an NBA contract for the 2015-16 season, turned down a deal from Olympiacos earlier in the week. The basketball club, which plays in the Greek League and is one of the best teams in the Euroleague (finishing second last season), made Young a priority signee this offseason.
1 » Former Florida Gators linebacker Brandon Spikes pleaded guilty to leaving the scene of a hit-and-run accident that occurred on a highway in Massachusetts on June 7. Spikes, who was released the very next day by the New England Patriots and remains an NFL free agent one month later, was issued one year of probation along with fines and the loss of his driver’s license, according to WBZ 1030 News Radio. Putting the issue to bed was important for Spikes, who should wind up on a team at some point this offseason. While limited, he is still at least a two-down contributor as one of the highest-graded run-stopping linebackers in the league.
2 » Giving Gators point guard Nick Calathes the opportunity to play in the NBA after the player started his career overseas, the Memphis Grizzlies continue to make a concerted effort to hold on to the reserve floor general. The Grizzlies decided to make Calathes a qualifying offer, turning him into a restricted free agent and allowing Memphis the right to match any offer sheet he may sign with a team. Though rumors have Calathes interested in going back overseas for significantly more money and a greater role on a team, he has not given any indication that he plans to leave the United States at this time.
Four-star quarterback Jake Allen (Fort Lauderdale, FL), one of the top signal callers in the Class of 2017, announced his commitment to the Florida Gators on Wednesday.
“After talking it over with my family and my coaches, I have decided to commit to THE University of Florida! #Swamp17,” he wrote on Twitter.
The first incoming freshman quarterback to make a pledge to the Gators under new head coach Jim McElwain, Allen (6-foot-3, 191 pounds) is highly regarded nationally. He is ranked No. 248 overall in the 247Sports Composite but is expected to shoot up the charts with a strong junior campaign.
On July 2, the Florida Gators will “takeover” SEC Network with the channel airing 24 hours of Florida content just as it has and will with every other school in the Southeastern Conference.
The network on Tuesday announced the Gators schedule for the event, which will be hosted by former Florida defensive end Thaddeus Bullard, now known as WWE superstar and tag team champion Titus O’Neil.
Here’s the detailed schedule via ESPN.
1 » It may have taken a bit longer than others, but it appears as if Florida Gators center Chris Walker has found a home for the 2015 NBA Summer League. As first reported by FOX 26 sports director Mark Berman, Walker could join the Houston Rockets for summer league play in Las Vegas from July 10-20. OnlyGators.com has confirmed that Walker is listed on the roster the team submitted to the NBA of projected players, though we were cautioned that could change ahead of the event in two weeks if the team does not like what it sees in tryouts. A league source has also told OnlyGators.com that forward Casey Prather will be a member of the NBA D-League select team after succeeding as a member of the Bakersfield Jam last season.
With the Summer B semester starting on Monday, the Florida Gators officially updated their 2015 football roster listing most of the new players joining the team this season.
Florida first confirmed four transfers, adding Josh Grady (Vanderbilt), Luke Del Rio (Oregon State), Anthony Harrell (Georgia Tech) and Mason Halter (FCS Fordham).
» 12 – Josh Grady, redshirt senior quarterback
» 14 – Luke Del Rio, redshirt sophomore quarterback (walk-on)
» 75 – Mason Halter, redshirt senior offensive lineman
» TBA – Anthony Harrell, redshirt senior linebacker
Most – but not all – of the freshmen recruiting class was also added.
1 » Former Florida Gators star center Patric Young, fresh off a successful international season in Turkey, has agreed to join the Los Angeles Clippers and Phoenix Suns for 2015 NBA Summer League action, he told OnlyGators.com on Monday. Young will join the Clippers from July 4-10 in Orlando before heading out west to play with the Suns in Vegas from July 10-20.
Young, who is also weighing significant free agent offers from some top international teams, will join former Gators guard Michael Frazier II and point guard Scottie Wilbekin in summer league action. As first reported by OnlyGators.com on Friday, Frazier will suit up for the Golden State Warriors in Las Vegas, while Wilbekin will see action with the Orlando Magic in Orlando.