Mike White ‘not into begging’ but focused on retaining Florida Gators’ 2015 signees

Scouting, offensive installations, game planning, substitutions and timeouts … those will all come in due time for new Florida Gators head basketball coach Michael White, who during his official introduction on Monday had one more immediate and important task on his mind – retaining the strong four-member 2015 signing class recruited by his predecessor, Billy Donovan.

Guard KeVaughn Allen (North Little Rock, AR), small forward Keith Stone (Deerfield Beach, FL), power forward Noah Dickerson (Montverde, FL) and center Kevarrius Hayes (Live Oak, FL) – all four-star prospects – suddenly need to be re-recruited by White, who desperately needs to secure a re-commitment from each considering the state of the Gators’ roster.

Florida, which once needed to find two scholarships just to sign its 2015 class, wound up one below the NCAA maximum of 13 after three players with eligibility remaining departed in the offseason (to go along with one midseason transfer and one graduate). The Gators are now in danger of being seriously short on scholarship players in White’s first season … if he’s not able to retain the program’s signees.

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Michael White embraces challenge as new Florida Gators head basketball coach

Measured and calm, Michael White was introduced Monday as the 20th head basketball coach in the history of the Florida Gators.

While White did not come right out of the gate with a ton of energy or promises, he was deliberate in his statements and accepting of the tall task ahead – replacing legendary coach Billy Donovan. He opened with a lengthy, prepared statement before taking questions from the gathered media, all of which has been captured and broken down here on OnlyGators.com.

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New Florida Gators coach Michael White handles inevitable Billy Donovan comparisons, questions

Introduced to gathered media and a national online audience Monday, new Florida Gators head basketball coach Michael White touched on a number of topics during an extensive stay at the podium, not the least of which was how he compared to – and would try to replace – a program legend in coach Billy Donovan.

Like Donovan was 19 years ago when hired by athletic director Jeremy Foley, White is young, talented and runs an up-tempo offensive system. He’s also never won an NCAA Tournament game and comes to Florida from a smaller program in Louisiana Tech.

To many, he sounds exactly like a young Donovan, a juxtaposition White takes great pride in even if he does not think the comparison is perfect.

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Florida basketball coach Mike White adds Jordan Mincy, Darris Nichols, Kyle Church to staff

New Florida Gators head basketball coach Michael White has decided to take three Louisiana Tech staffers – two assistants – with him to Gainesville, Florida.

Assistants Jordan Mincy, 28, and Darris Nichols, 28, have joined White’s staff as assistant coaches. White also hopes to bring his another Bulldogs assistant, Dusty May, with him to the Gators but will wait to find out whether May is tabbed as his replacement for the top spot at Louisiana Tech.

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Reports: New Florida head basketball coach Michael White to bring Louisiana Tech assistants

New Florida Gators head basketball coach Michael White has already decided to take his Louisiana Tech assistants with him to Gainesville, Florida.

According to CBSSports.com’s Jon Rothstein, assistants Jordan Mincy and Darris Nichols will join White’s staff as assistant coaches. White also hopes to bring his another Bulldogs assistant, Dusty May, with him to the Gators but will wait to find out whether Mays is tabbed as his replacement for the top spot at Louisiana Tech.

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Primer on new Florida Gators basketball coach Michael White with answers to your questions

The Florida Gators on Thursday officially announced the hiring of Michael White as the 20th men’s basketball coach in program history.

Watch Live: Introductory press conference — Monday, May 11 at 11 a.m.


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Florida Gators hire Louisiana Tech’s Michael White as men’s basketball coach

Florida Gators athletic director Jeremy Foley has tabbed Michael White of the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs as the program’s new basketball coach, signing him to a six-year, $12 million deal to be the replacement for Billy Donovan, who left after 19 seasons with the team to head to the NBA and join the Oklahoma City Thunder.

White, who spent four seasons as an assistant at Jacksonville State (2000-04) and seven at Ole Miss (2004-11) before getting his first head coaching gig with Louisiana Tech, gathered a 101-40 (.716) record with the Bulldogs in four seasons. He led Louisiana Tech to three straight league titles, all of which have resulted in NIT berths as the program fell in the WAC (2013) and Conference USA (2014-15) tournaments.

“I have an incredible amount of respect for the University of Florida, and I am so excited to be a Gator,” White said in a school release. “Not only is Florida home for me, but the tradition and success that the Gators have built make this an incredible opportunity.

“I know about the great home court advantage in the O’Connell Center, which is a testament to the fans and the Rowdy Reptiles. There’s an unbelievable commitment to excellence athletically and academically at UF, and it starts with the leadership of Dr. [Kent] Fuchs and Jeremy Foley. I look forward to returning to the SEC where I have a lot of great memories, and I can’t wait to create many more alongside The Gator Nation.”

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Florida Gators G Michael Frazier, C Chris Walker invited to 2015 NBA Draft Combine

A pair of Florida Gators early entrants – junior guard Michael Frazier II and sophomore center Chris Walker were officially announced on Thursday as two of 62 participants in the 2015 NBA Draft Combine.

The multi-day event, which is held in Chicago and will begin this year on May 12, consists of players being put through a series of 5-on-5 competitions, athletic drills, tests and interviews while NBA personnel (coaches, general managers, scouts) in attendance look on and evaluate their performances.

It amounts to a major job interview for these athletes to participate in ahead of the 2015 NBA Draft on June 25.

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