FOUR BITS: Green, McGee, MLB Draft, Easley

1 » Former Florida Gators point guard Taurean Green won a professional championship this week when his team, Limoges CSP, defeated Strasbourg 73-70 in game three of the Ligue Nationale de Basket Pro A finals. It was the first time in 14 years that Limoges captured a French league crown as well as Green’s first championship since winning back-to-back national titles with the Gators in 2006-07. Green led the way for Limoges with a team-high 19 points on 4-of-8 shooting from beyond the arc. He was 5-for-11 overall and 5-for-6 from the charity stripe, adding two rebounds and an assist to his starting line. Limoges is the sixth international team Green has played for since moving between the NBA and NBA D-League from 2007-08. He has also played in Aragon, Greece, Spain, Turkey and Italy.

2 » OnlyGators.com, on Friday, published a story about the failure of Florida’s tight ends in 2013 and how redshirt senior transfer Jake McGee should be able to help resurrect production at the position for the Gators in 2014. However, not everything McGee told the media on Thursday fit within the story, so below are some additional thoughts he shared on his relationship with his new roommates and a recent Super Bowl-winning quarterback.


» On his relationship with his roommates: “It’s been good. They’re taking care of me, making sure I don’t get on the wrong street, I get to class and lifting on time.”

» On his roommates going hunting and fishing a lot: “Yeah, they’re a little outdoorsy. I think they’re going to get my tan going.”

» On whether he considered leaving for the NFL: “I did the advisory papers. I got like a mid-round grade. I don’t know exactly what rounds they were.”

» On whether that indicated he needed another year in college: “It wasn’t even really what they said as much as I didn’t feel like I was quite ready yet on a personal level. There’s stuff that I’d rather work on and continue to develop before really taking the next step to professional.”

» On playing with Russell Wilson in high school: “I played varsity; he was a senior when I was a freshman. And I played football, basketball and baseball with him. Basketball being the sport I played, and baseball a little bit. But football, I was on varsity but I was just sort of taking it all in and watching.”

» On his relationship with Wilson: “He’s a good friend of mine. I don’t talk to him a ton because he’s out west and he’s a pretty busy guy, but when he comes back and work – when he has his camps in the summer and stuff – I usually work them every summer and get to see him, catch up.”

3 » Florida juniors catcher Taylor Gushue and right-handed pitcher Justin Shafer were both selected Friday during the second day of the 2014 MLB Draft. Gushue was chosen by the Pittsburgh Pirates with the No. 131 overall pick in the fourth round of the event, while Shafer was drafted by the Toronto Blue Jays with the No. 234 overall pick in the eighth round. Additional current Gators and commitments are expected to be chosen on day three. OnlyGators.com will wrap it all up with a breakdown of each player at the conclusion of the event.

4 » SI.com’s Doug Farrar has been enthralled with former Gators defensive tackle Dominique Easley for quite some time and recently posted an extensive breakdown< of his film while opining about his ability to be a major player for the New England Patriots during his rookie campaign. Farrar believes that Easley, selected by New England with the No. 29 overall pick in the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft, can use his positional versatility to become a very appealing part of the Patriots’ defensive line. “A healthy Easley … would allow [Bill] Belichick to turn his line concepts loose in some very interesting new ways,” he wrote.

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