FOUR BITS: T. Burton, paintball, Beal, Lee

1 » Florida Gators sophomore athlete Trey Burton may be limited in the 2011 Orange & Blue Debut on Saturday after suffering an undisclosed injury during practice recently, according to the Palm Beach Post. With coaches and players being unavailable to the media from Tuesday evening until the conclusion of the game this weekend, no further information is currently known. Burton, who is/was expected to see snaps in the backfield behind redshirt senior running back Chris Rainey due to Florida’s injury problems, may put the Gators in an even bigger hole offensively during the public scrimmage.

2 » Head coach Will Muschamp and his staff surprised the team on Thursday by cancelling scheduled team meetings and weight lifting to take the entire group on a paintball trip. In addition to squaring off in paintball action, the team played cornhole and tug-of-war in what Muschamp referred to as “team building exercise[s].” Joining in on the fun was Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Riley Cooper, who has been in Gainesville, FL all spring. The players all seemed to have a fantastic time at the event, and OGGOA has learned that the vibe was great on-site. Below is a team picture (courtesy of UF Sports Information’s Scott Carter) of the group after the festivities concluded.

3 » Though the difference is marginal, Gators incoming five-star guard Brad Beal was moved up from No. 7 to No. 4 on ESPNU‘s Top 100 rankings for basketball players in the 2011 recruiting cycle. Beal was named the 2011 Gatorade National Player of the Year this week and can next be seen participating in the Nike Hoops Summit on Saturday at 10 p.m. The game will air live on FOX Sports Network, so be sure to check your availability if planning to watch.

4 » Golden State Warriors center David Lee is on a bit of a hot streak right now, having scored 20 or more points in five of his last seven games with four double-doubles in that time. In six games since March 27, Lee is averaging 22.7 points and 13.5 board. Even more impressive is his last two performances, where he put up totals of 29 points/20 rebounds and 22 points/17 rebounds. Unfortunately for Lee, he won’t have much time to continue that streak as Golden State is 9.5 games out of playoff contention with only three more to play in the regular season.

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12 Responses to “FOUR BITS: T. Burton, paintball, Beal, Lee”

  1. zurbo says:

    Pretty awesome idea by will!

  2. SaraGator says:

    I wonder if the coaches participated and who was targeted the most.

  3. deron Williams says:

    marginal?? just curious, when Beal moves up basically half way to the #1 spot, at this time of the year, how do you define marginal?? Thats a major jump!! It helps indicate how he is very comparable to any guard out there

  4. cline says:

    Anyone heard what happened to Burton (Treybow)?

  5. Malikg says:

    Out of context, a fun outing with 80+ dudes using the words paintball, cornhole and tug-of-war could be misconstrued.

  6. Malikg says:

    Seriously, though, it’s a little silly how excited I am to see Beal, Rivers and Kentucky’s 4 recruits in Saturday’s Nike Summit. Beal was the absolute star of the Under-17 team, and this USA squad is basically that along with Anthony Davis.

    Anthony Davis, to my eyes, was the best player on the floor in the McDonald’s Game, and seeing him against a pretty huge but not-as-quick World team will give us a lot of insight into his game.

    I’ve relented in my initial belief that Beal would come off the bench for Florida next year, even for a 3-guard lineup. The more I see and read about him, I think he’s going to start and star alongside Boynton and Walker as a starter.

    • Ken (CA) says:

      I think Beal will start eventually as well, but don’t forget Rosario will be available too. With al those shooting guards, I wouldn’t be surprised if Boynton gets more bench time if he doesn’t significantly improve his shooting decisions.

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