Florida Gators basketball to participate in 2016 AdvoCare Invitational in Orlando

With renovations to the Stephen C. O’Connell Center forcing Florida Gators basketball out of Gainesville, Florida, for the vast majority of its 2016-17 nonconference slate, the team has been looking for options to play as many games as possible within the state.

As such, Florida has agreed to play in the 2016 AdvoCare Invitational in Orlando.

Gators executive associate athletic director Mike Hill told OnlyGators.com recently that while Florida will participate in the event, the remainder of the “dynamite” field is not set as of press time.

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A conversation with the Florida Gators’ executive associate AD: Changes to football and basketball

On the heels of one of the biggest transitional offseasons in program history, Florida Gators executive associate athletic director Mike Hill sat down with OnlyGators.com for 45 minutes to discuss chances to the football and basketball programs, the inner workings of the University Athletic Association and whether athletic director Jeremy Foley really is that resistant to special uniforms for the football team.

Hill, who has just begun his 23rd season at Florida, is also largely responsible for the Gators’ basketball scheduling, which has been turned upside down due to changes in renovation plans for the Stephen C. O’Connell Center.

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LOOK: Florida Gators release renderings of $64.5M Stephen C. O’Connell Center renovation

The Florida Gators on Tuesday released a number of renderings of the soon-to-be-renovated Stephen C. O’Connell Center, a project that will come at a cost of $64.5 million with an opening date scheduled for Spring 2017.

Florida officially announced the project after signing with Brasfield & Gorrie, the construction firm that was responsible for the $17 million Indoor Football Practice Facility project which completed production just over two weeks ago.

Below are the rest of the O’Dome renderings, via Florida’s official website.

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Florida Gators basketball’s complete 2015-16 schedule released Wednesday

Florida Gators basketball’s complete 2015-16 schedule was officially announced Wednesday with the release of its Southeastern Conference slate joining its stacked nonconference schedule.

The Gators will open the 2015-16 campaign against Navy in the 2015 Veterans Classic on Friday, Nov. 13 in Annapolis, Maryland, and close it against a team other than Kentucky – travelling to Missouri on Saturday, March 5 at 7:30 p.m.

Check out the entire schedule below.

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Florida Gators G Michael Frazier II agrees to terms on rookie deal with Los Angeles Lakers

Former Florida Gators guard Michael Frazier II has agreed to terms of a contract with the Los Angeles Lakers and will look to make the team as a rookie, Frazier’s agent Matt Ramker confirmed to OnlyGators.com on Sunday.

Frazier, an undrafted free agent who played well for the Golden State Warriors during 2015 NBA Summer League action, was not ultimately signed by the team.

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Four-star 2016 G Eric Hester commits to Florida basketball after Gators lose PF John Mooney

Four-star 2016 guard Eric Hester (Oldsmar, FL), a talented backcourt player and elite defender, committed to the Florida Gators on Friday.

Hester (6-foot-3, 175 pounds), whose commitment was announced by his school on Twitter, is rated as the 127th player in the nation in the 247Sports Composite, 89th overall by Rivals.

“Proud to finally be a Gator,” Hester later tweeted from his own account.

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6 BITS: Mike Miller traded, Casey Prather headed overseas, Tim Tebow throws, McElwain praised

1 » Former Florida Gators guard/forward Mike Miller, who signed a two-year deal with the Cleveland Cavaliers to play with superstar LeBron James and hopefully win another title before retiring, has been traded by the franchise to the Portland Trailblazers. According to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports, who first reported the Miller trade, he will likely be bought out by Portland and become a free agent, though league rules prevent him from resigning with Cleveland for a full season.

With roster spots at a premium right now, Miller would likely have to wait to join a new team; he could also decide to retire. Miller, 35, is owed $2.85 million in the final year of his contract but will likely accept a buyout for a much lower amount. He has already received $400,000 as a trade kicker, a clause that was built into his Cavaliers contract.

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6 BITS: Florida CB Hargreaves props up Wilson; Calathes to Greece; Gators add baseball talent

1 » When not talking about himself (let’s face it, those were the questions he was asked), Florida Gators junior All-American cornerback Vernon Hargreaves III spent time at the 2015 SEC Media Days on Monday propping up his teammates. Hargreaves believes the Gators will be the best secondary in the nation next season – and for good reason – but thinks that an overlooked member of that unit may be the reason why it could go from great to dominant as the year progresses.

“He reminds me of a Brandon Browner-type corner or an Antonio Cromartie-type of corner – one of those big lanky cornerbacks,” Hargreaves told FoxSports.com’s Bruce Feldman of Florida sophomore Quincy Wilson. “That’s his game, how he plays. He plays big and physical. I want y’all to watch him on Saturdays this fall. It’s remarkable (how much better) he’s gotten this offseason. Him and also Jalen Tabor, they’ve really grown and matured. They’re ready to play. They understand.”

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