FOUR BITS: Wilbekin, Rosario, Young, TODAY

By Adam Silverstein
March 29, 2013

1 » If you think junior point guard Scottie Wilbekin winding up as a member of the Florida Gators was part of some well-orchestrated plan by head coach Billy Donovan, think again. In this feature on Wilbekin written by USA Today’s Nicole Auerbach, his father reveals that the idea of his son skipping his senior year of high school basically came up on a whim. Luckily for the Gators, Wilbekin joined the team at just the right time and is now a driving force for Florida’s defense as well as its offense as it looks to advance past the Sweet 16 on Friday.

2 » Though OGGOA has taken an extensive look at the college career of redshirt senior guard Mike Rosario, we have not had the opportunity to delve much into what happened before he arrived at Florida as a transfer three years ago. The Newark Star-Ledger’s Matthew Stanmyre penned this feature on Rosario, which notes the impact the has made at the Boys & Girls Club in Jersey City (there is now “an entire bulletin board at the Boys Club devoted to Rosario [filled with] pictures of him” from different points in his career). It also looks at the special relationship he has with assistant coach Rashon Burno whose pictures Rosario used to look at on a similar bulletin board in the Boys Club while growing up. Rosario scored a UF career-high 25 points in the Gators’ round of 32 victory and looks to continue his top-notch play for Florida in the Sweet 16.

3 » Earlier this week, junior center Patric Young spoke with The Gainesville Sun’s Kevin Brockway about his issues on the free throw line. Young, who is now shooting 50.4 percent from the charity stripe this season, was 5-for-6 (.833) from the line last Sunday after going 10-for-27 (.370) over the previous four games. “Your brain can’t tell the difference between don’t miss and miss,” he said. “So if you tell yourself don’t – I have so many different things going through my head, don’t miss, don’t airball, don’t shoot it too hard. My brain is telling me to do those things and it was a big reason why I was struggling.” He continued: “It’s just a matter of my confidence going up there. It felt pretty good knocking down some pretty clutch free throws [on Sunday].”

4 » Fans of the Gators and Florida Gulf Coast Eagles participated in a student spirit segment that aired on NBC‘s TODAY early Friday morning following a feature that was mostly about FGCU’s Cinderella run in the 2013 NCAA Tournament. Check out the clip below for the segment from TODAY. By the angle of the camera, it is pretty easy to tell which team had more fans up at the crack of dawn for the shoot.

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