Florida Gators junior guard Michael Frazier II set to declare for 2015 NBA Draft

Updated on Friday at 4:30 p.m.

Florida Gators junior guard Michael Frazier II has decided to forgo his final season of eligibility and declare for the 2015 NBA Draft, a source close to the player confirmed to OnlyGators.com on Thursday.

Frazier, Florida’s second-leading scorer in 2014-15 with 12.1 points per game, is expected to make his decision official on Friday, a source said.

He will sign with Andy Miller and Matt Ramker of ASM Sports, according to a source, as first reported by Darren Heitner of Heitner Legal.

Update: Frazier released the following statement via his personal Twitter account on Friday afternoon …

“Thank you to my coaches, teammates, and the entire Gator Nation for 3 special years of my life. I will be pursuing a career in professional basketball and have signed with Matt Ramker of ASM Sports. I will never forget my time in Gainesville and look forward to returning each summer to complete my degree. I will always be representing the Gator Nation. Go Gators.”

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FOUR BITS: baseball, Wambach, NFL, Rimmer

1 » Tuesday’s baseball game between the No. 5 Florida Gators and Florida A&M has been postponed due to weather with no make-up date yet scheduled. Florida (3-0), which moved up 19 spots from No. 24 in the latest USA Today Coaches’ Poll, will next take the field for its first road game of the season when it faces USF on Wednesday in Tampa. UF will then return home to host No. 14 Miami in a three-game series over the weekend. OnlyGators.com will provide a Gators baseball update after Wednesday’s game and following the conclusion of the series with the Hurricanes on Sunday.

2 » Former Florida striker Abby Wambach was announced Sunday as the honorary starter for this year’s Daytona 500 on Feb. 22. Wambach, whose international goal scoring world record is up to 177, will lead the United States Women’s National Team as it prepares to compete in the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup beginning June 6.

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Former Gators commit, Stanford C Schuyler Rimmer, to transfer to Florida as walk-on

Updated on Jan. 7 at 10:20 a.m.

One-time Florida Gators 2013 commitment Schuyler Rimmer never wound up playing for the team out of high school, deciding six weeks after initially pledging to the program that he would reopen his recruitment.

It appears as if Rimmer has found a way to suit up for the Gators after all as he announced Sunday evening that he plans to transfer to Florida.

OnlyGators.com has confirmed that Rimmer will walk on to the UF basketball team, as first reported by ESPN.com‘s Jeff Borzello. He is expected to join the program in January as a mid-season transfer.

“So excited to continue my career at the University of Florida! It’s a great day to be a gator!” he wrote Sunday evening on his Twitter account.

Update: Rimmer was cleared to join the Gators during the first week of January and will be allowed to join practice on Thursday, Jan. 8.

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FOUR BITS: Pease, facility, Embiid, Tebow

1 » A former offensive coordinator with the Kentucky Wildcats, Brent Pease is now with the Florida Gators and has already proven to be a great addition to head coach Will Muschamp’s staff. And while Pease’s success at Kentucky is one of the things that made Muschamp aware of him in the first place, it was also subject to some criticism by one of his former players. Ex-quarterback Jared Lorenzen said on Twitter in January that Pease is “freaking crazy and was brutal at UK.” Pease, who had not addressed Lorenzen’s comments previously, apparently did so while making an appearance at the Ocala Gator Club in July. According to The Gainesville Sun’s Kevin Brockway, Pease noted that Lorenzen is “one of those guys that was talking trash when I took this job” and that his method of retaliation may be “trying to get 50 points on [Kentucky] when they come to campus.” UF has a 25-game winning streak over UK and has scored 40+ points on them every season beginning in 2007.

2 » Gators redshirt senior wide receiver Frankie Hammond, Jr. helped the school create the video below, which gives fans and prospective student-athletes an all-access look inside Florida’s huge football facility (locker rooms, meeting rooms, offices, etc).

3 » The decommitment of three-star 2013 power forward Schuyler Rimmer (Boone, FL) on Monday may very well have opened the door for another big man to make his way to the Gators as head coach Billy Donovan has recently been in close contact with three-star center Joel Embiid (Gainesville, FL). A Cameroon native who first played for Montverde Academy but has since transferred to The Rock School, Embiid stands 6’11” (some measure him in at 7’1”) and has been playing basketball for less than two years. According to The Sun, he has already received some big-time offers from schools like Florida, Louisville, Kansas, Texas and Marquette (among others). Embiid is one of two players from The Rock that the Gators are going (the other being 2014 point guard Mitchell Wilbekin). As a former student at Montverde, Embiid already had prior relationships with freshman guard Michael Frazier and 2013 five-star PG commit Kasey Hill (Clermont, FL).

4 » New York Jets quarterback Tim Tebow has yet to throw the ball in two games with his new team despite seeing the field in place of starter Mark Sanchez as a change-of-pace player. Asked Monday if he has any intentions of having Tebow pass (seeing as he yanked him out for a 2nd-and-16 play during a series in which Tebow was obviously being used at quarterback), Ryan got defensive and cut the reporter off. He was adamant that Tebow could throw the ball if called upon but added that, in certain situations, having Sanchez do it makes more sense. In the end, as long as Tebow is only seeing the field for a handful of running plays and as a personal protector on punts, any expectations from Jets fans have for him should be kept to a minimum.

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2013 PF Rimmer decommits from Florida Gators

Florida Gators basketball’s star-studded 2013 recruiting class lost one of its three members on Monday when three-star power forward Schuyler Rimmer (Boone, FL) decided to move on and open up his recruitment.

Rimmer, a 6’9” 233 lbs. burgeoning prospect, originally chose Florida over Notre Dame, Tennessee, South Carolina and Vanderbilt. He increased his stock in a major way over the summer after performances at multiple AAU events drew strong reactions and seriously increased his offer count.

“It’s been the school I’ve wanted to go to for my whole life,” Rimmer told Rivals.com’s Alex Kline when he committed on Aug. 5 ($). “The opportunity to play there was something I couldn’t pass up.”

Rivals national basketball recruiting analyst Eric Bossi, who first reported Rimmer’s decision on Twitter, noted Monday that the player committed to UF knowing he would likely have been a walk-on as a freshman before being given a three-year athletic scholarship to cover the remainder of his education.

Rimmer also would have been a redshirt candidate during his freshman year due to the Gators’ extremely deep frontcourt, which is set to include at least four post players (five if Patric Young returns for his senior season).

Florida is left with a pair of five-star prospects – point guard Kasey Hill (Clermont, FL) and PF Chris Walker – as the two members of its 2013 class. Head coach Billy Donovan does not appear to have additional space to add to the class unless he anticipates that players will either depart early (Young, for example) or transfer.

The Gators, however, are far from done on the recruiting trail and have been going hard after a plethora of players currently ranked in the Rivals150. Hill and Walker are listed as the No. 7 and 6 players in the nation, respectively.

Florida currently boasts the consensus top-ranked recruiting class for 2013.

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2013 PF Rimmer commits to Florida Gators

With his 2013 recruiting class already stacked with a pair of consensus top-10 prospects, head coach Billy Donovan secured another big man on Sunday when three-star power forward Schuyler Rimmer (Boone, FL) committed to the Florida Gators.

Rimmer, a 6’9” 233 lbs. burgeoning prospect, chose Florida over Georgia Tech, Tennessee, Vanderbilt and Stanford (among others) and told Rivals in July that academics would play a big part in his recruitment.

An underrated prospect heading into this summer, his performances at multiple AAU events drew strong reactions and seriously increased his offer count.

Rimmer will be a redshirt candidate during his freshman season due to the Gators’ suddenly deep frontcourt. He can play both in the post and on the perimeter and is a developmental player along the lines of Chandler Parsons and Erik Murphy.

Rimmer joins five-stars point guard Kasey Hill (Clermont, FL) and PF Chris Walker (Bonifay, FL) as a member of Florida’s 2013 class. The Gators will have at least five players stepping on the court for the first time that season as transfer forwards Damontre Harris and Dorian Finney-Smith will be coming off of their redshirt years.

With three seniors – Murphy and guards Kenny Boynton and Mike Rosario – set to graduate after the 2012-13 season, Donovan does not appear to have additional space to add to his 2013 class unless he anticipates that players will either depart early (junior center Patric Young, for example) or transfer.

Rimmer’s commitment was first reported by Alex Kline of Rivals’ The Recruit Scoop.

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