1 » It may have taken a bit longer than others, but it appears as if Florida Gators center Chris Walker has found a home for the 2015 NBA Summer League. As first reported by FOX 26 sports director Mark Berman, Walker could join the Houston Rockets for summer league play in Las Vegas from July 10-20. OnlyGators.com has confirmed that Walker is listed on the roster the team submitted to the NBA of projected players, though we were cautioned that could change ahead of the event in two weeks if the team does not like what it sees in tryouts. A league source has also told OnlyGators.com that forward Casey Prather will be a member of the NBA D-League select team after succeeding as a member of the Bakersfield Jam last season.
1 » Former Florida Gators star center Patric Young, fresh off a successful international season in Turkey, has agreed to join the Los Angeles Clippers and Phoenix Suns for 2015 NBA Summer League action, he told OnlyGators.com on Monday. Young will join the Clippers from July 4-10 in Orlando before heading out west to play with the Suns in Vegas from July 10-20.
Young, who is also weighing significant free agent offers from some top international teams, will join former Gators guard Michael Frazier II and point guard Scottie Wilbekin in summer league action. As first reported by OnlyGators.com on Friday, Frazier will suit up for the Golden State Warriors in Las Vegas, while Wilbekin will see action with the Orlando Magic in Orlando.
Though the early entrant did not get selected on Thursday in the 2015 NBA Draft, Florida Gators guard Michael Frazier II has agreed to play in the 2015 NBA Summer League with the Golden State Warriors from July 10-20, a source close to the player told OnlyGators.com on Friday.
Frazier, who will join the Warriors for the Las Vegas portion of summer league action, does not plan to play in summer league games held in Orlando, but another former Gators star will. OnlyGators.com also confirmed Friday that Florida point guard Scottie Wilbekin, the 2014 SEC Player of the Year, will suit up for the Orlando Magic in early summer league action from July 4-10.
The Florida Gators, after a tough 2014-15 season that was one of the worst in program history under former head coach Billy Donovan, did not have either of its two eligible underclassmen selected on Thursday in the 2015 NBA Draft.
Neither junior guard Michael Frazier II nor sophomore forward/center Chris Walker heard his name called in Brooklyn.
Frazier was considered a potential second-round selection and should be a top target among undrafted free agents, while Walker was never projected to be drafted.
It is the second straight year that the Gators did not have a player picked in the two-round event, continuing the end of a three-year streak of seeing at least one Florida player get drafted from 2011-13.
A total of 35 former Gators have been selected in the history of the event. UF has only had one first-round pick (Bradley Beal, No. 3 overall, 2012) in the last seven drafts after seeing five go in the first 30 picks during a four-year span from 2005-08.
A pair of Florida Gators basketball players will be sticking close to their televisions on Thursday as they hope to hear their names called during the two-round 2015 NBA Draft, which will emanate live from the Barclays Center in Brooklyn beginning at 7 p.m.
Whether either guard Michael Frazier II or forward/center Chris Walker actually get drafted is another story altogether.
While a total of 35 former Gators have been selected in the history of the event, Florida has only had one first-round pick (Bradley Beal, No. 3 overall, 2012) in the last six drafts after having five in a four-year span from 2005-08.
In fact, 2014 marked the first time since 2010 that UF did not have a player picked in the two-round draft, snapping a three-year streak.
Depending which analyst one speaks with, that drought could continue either continue for the Gators or end abruptly with Frazier and Walker both potentially being second-round selections on Thursday.
OnlyGators.com sat down with Ryan Blake, the NBA’s director of scouting, to get his evaluations of Frazier and Walker ahead of Thursday night’s event.
1 » One day after it was reported by FOX 25 out of Boston that a Maybach Mercedes registered to New England Patriots linebacker Brandon Spikes was found abandoned on the median of a highway, the former Florida Gators player was released by the team. According to FOX 25, The OnStar representative from the car “told state police the driver of the care reported hitting a deer.” However, while an injured deer was not found near the scene, another car called in that it was rear ended at approximately the same time as the crash involving Spikes’s car. Spikes signed a one-year, $1 million deal with the Patriots (with up to $1 million in incentives), returning to the team that drafted him after spending a season with the Buffalo Bills. His original tenure did not end well in New England, despite his close relationship with owner Bob Kraft, and his return to the franchise was a surprise. If this story sounds relatively familiar that is a vehicle belonging to former Miami Dolphins LB Channing Crowder was also abandoned on a highway in January 2008.
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.
Eli Carter, a guard transfer from Rutgers who was made eligible immediately and played one full season with the Florida Gators, will transfer for the second time in his college career, a source close to the program confirmed to OnlyGators.com on Monday.
“I’m thankful for the opportunities I’ve had here at Florida,” Carter said in a statement released by the school. “I’ll always appreciate the coaches, teammates and fans that made my time here memorable.”
CBSSports.com‘s Jon Rothstein first reported Carter’s move, noting that the player will be immediately eligible in 2015-16 as he will earn his undergraduate degree. The Gators confirmed it later in the day.