SIX BITS: All-Star, PARADE, Donovan, bobsled

By Adam Silverstein
January 28, 2010

1 » Former Florida Gators forward/center Al Horford of the Atlanta Hawks has been named as a participant in the 2010 NBA All-Star Game. Though OGGOA is quite pleased with Horford’s accomplishment, we would be remiss if we did not speak out for fellow former Gators F/C David Lee. Lee, who has played with the New York Knicks his entire career, was snubbed by voters after averaging an impressive 19.4 points per game and 11.4 rebounds per game thus far. To his credit, Horford is averaging 13.6 points per game and 9.8 rebounds per game.

2 » The following commits to Florida’s 2010 recruiting class have been named PARADE All-Americans: five-star defensive end Ronald Powell, five-star defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd, five-star safety Matt Elam and four-star cornerback Joshua Shaw.

3 » One aside from the 2010 Under Armour Senior Bowl is that players from the Gators and the Alabama Crimson Tide are playing together on the South team – and they’re having a good time doing it. “We’re getting along really well,” former Florida quarterback Tim Tebow said. “They’re good guys. We’ve had fun, trash-talking back and forth and giving each other a hard time. It’s been a lot of fun. When we break down (after a play), they say, ‘Go Alabama.’ They’ve been trying to get me to say that, but I haven’t yet. It’s been fun.”

Three more BITS including a Florida Gators bobsledder after the jump!

4 » Head basketball coach Billy Donovan’s son William will play basketball at Catholic University next season according to The Gainesville Sun’s Kevin Brockaway. “It’s a great school,” Donovan said. “Their coach, Steve Howes, came down to watch him play last season. He’s a great guy.” Brockaway also mentioned that Donovan’s son did not ask him about walking on at Florida as the sons of Tennessee Volunteers head coach Bruce Pearl and Minnesota Golden Gophers head coach Tubby Smith (among others) have done in the past.

5 » Former Gators track star Steve Mesler will be competing in the four-man bobsled at the upcoming 2010 Vancouver Olympic Games. Unfortunately, his family was scammed out of $7,332 and lodging as they hoped to watch him participate in the games. However, it all worked out in the end. OGGOA will offer full coverage of former Gators in the 2010 Games.

6 » Lost in the basketball team’s accomplishment Wednesday was the Florida women’s tennis team’s 6-1 victory over the Central Florida Knights (1-1) at Linder Stadium at Ring Tennis Complex. The Gators (2-0) swept the three doubles matches and won the first four singles contests in only 52 minutes. Florida hosts the ITA Kick-Off Weekend beginning on Friday with a match against the BYU Cougars at 10 a.m. The event concludes with a consolation and championship game on Saturday.

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