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Wilbekin proving himself in NBA Summer League

By on July 9th, 2014

Despite going undrafted in the 2014 NBA draft, former Gator point guard Scottie Wilbekin is showcasing his skills in the NBA Summer League in Orlando.

Wilbekin is playing with the Memphis Grizzlies summer league squad. Notable teammates of Wilbekin include UCLA Bruin product Jordan Adams and former Tennessee Volunteer Jarnell Stokes.

Because he’s playing alongside a plethora of NBA caliber players, Wilbekin is getting used to playing significantly less minutes in the summer league games after logging 34 minutes per game for Florida in the 2013-2014 NCAA basketball season.

“It’s tough to being used to not playing the majority of the game,” Wilbekin said. “I’ll get in there for like 10 minutes and then have to sit for 15 minutes or another 10 minutes so it’s just different from college ball.”

In his first game with the Grizzlies, Wilbekin came off the bench and recorded five assists, including some tough cross-court dimes to set up Jordan Adams for a pair of three pointers.

Wilbekin played well enough in the first game to earn the start in the second game for Memphis.

“I think it’s just a matter of time before I get my shot. Once I get my shot, I’ll believe that I’ll stick and have a long career,” says Wilbekin. “But until that happens, I just have to keep working, stay humble, and stay positive.”

Following the conclusion of the Orlando summer league, Wilbekin plans to play in the NBA Las Vegas Summer League with the Philadelphia 76ers . There, he will see some of his former Gator teammates as they fight for NBA roster spots as well – Patric Young will be playing with the New Orleans Pelicans organization, and Casey Prather will be playing summer league ball with the Atlanta Hawks.

While Wilbekin opens a new chapter in his playing career, he will never forget his senior year campaign with Florida. The Gators reached the Final Four and claimed both SEC regular season and tournament titles with Wilbekin running the point.

“I do really cherish that team and cherish that season and everything we did together. It was a lot of fun, probably the best year of my life,” said Wilbekin. “Just with everything that happened and all the good times we had – it was just something really special.”

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Wilbekin on playing less minutes in NBA Summer League games than he did in college.

Wilbekin believes that an opportunity to join an NBA roster will come sooner rather than later

Wilbekin will forever cherish his senior season with the Gators

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World Cup Semifinals, Baseball, Hoops In Sports Update

By on July 8th, 2014

A lot of different things in the sports world to talk about today in our Tuesday Sports Update…

** The World Cup semifinals begin today as Brazil faces Germany; ESPN 850 WRUF has live coverage starting at 3:30pm.   Tomorrow, Netherlands and Argentina square off and we’ll have live coverage of that match as well at 3:30pm.

** The Miami Heat, looking to re-sign its Big Three, have apparently come to contract terms with free agents Danny Granger and Josh McRoberts.  No word yet on anything LeBron James or Carmelo Anthony.

** ESPN is reporting that the Orlando Magic have signed free agent forward Channing Frye, a forward who played for the Phoenix Suns last season.  The deal is reportedly a four year deal worth about $32 million.

** The NBA vs. Donald Sterling trial is underway in Los Angeles.   The trial is taking place as a way for the league to force Sterling out as owner of the Los Angeles Clippers.

** In baseball, former Rays pitcher James Shields was terrific as his Kansas City Royals beat the Rays 6-0 on Monday.   Atlanta lost 4-3 to the New York Mets and Miami loses 9-1 at Arizona.

** The NCAA has “suggested” contact limits during practices preparing for regular season games.   The NCAA is asking that at most just two contact practices be conducted during game weeks but there were also suggestions made to limit contact practices during preseason and spring football.

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MLB All Stars Announced; Former GHS Star Gets Big League Call Up; Rain At Daytona

By on July 7th, 2014

A lot of baseball news, a thrilling Wimbledon final and more in our Monday Sports Update…

** The All-Star teams have been announced for Major League Baseball’s All Star Game taking place in Minnesota in a few days.   David Price is the only Tampa Bay Ray selected while Giancarlo Stanton is the only Marlin chosen.  Atlanta gets pitchers Craig Kimbrel and Julio Tehran as well as infielder Freddie Freeman on the team.

** Former GHS and Florida State standout Tyler Holt has been called up to the Cleveland Indians from AAA.   Holt made his debut with the club this weekend.

** In baseball action, Tampa Bay is red hot, defeating Detroit 7-3; the Rays have now won eight of nine and will play Kansas City tonight.   Miami downs St.Louis 8-4 and the Marlins will begin a series at Arizona.   The D’Backs beat Atlanta 5-1 and the Braves start a series tonight at the New York Mets.

** A thrilling men’s final at Wimbledon where top seed Novak Djokovic defeats Roger Federer in a five set match; it is the second Wimbledon title for Djokovic.

** Rain was a big factor for the races at Daytona this weekend and it shortened the NASCAR race Sunday.   Aric Almirola gets his first career win, beating Brian Vickers and Kurt Busch.

** The San Antonio Spurs will keep a key piece of their successful puzzle when free agent Boris Diaw agrees to a new contract with the team.

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Baseball, Tennis In Slow Sports Day

By on July 3rd, 2014

Wimbledon, two hot baseball teams and not much else happening in a slow Thursday Sports Update…

** At Wimbledon, men’s top seed Novak Djokovic struggled but advanced but defending champ Andy Murray was beaten on the grass.   Roger Federer also wins.   On the women’s side, third seed Simona Halep is a winner.

** In baseball, Atlanta has won seven straight after beating the New York Mets 3-1 and the Braves get a day off today.   Tampa Bay has won five straight after sweeping the New York Yankees with a 6-3 win Wednesday and the Rays now tangle with Detroit.   Miami blanks Philadelphia 5-0 and those teams play again today.

** A strange time for former Gator pitcher Kevin Chapman; one day after being called up to the Houston Astros, Chapman was sent back down to Triple A.

** The Gator baseball players who were drafted have now all signed and are playing professionally.   Pitchers Karsten Whitson and Ryan Harris are playing for the Boston Red Sox at Lowell and Whitson will start a game on Friday.

** In the NBA, the New Jersey Nets have agreed to a contract with former Memphis Grizzlies coach Lionel Hollins to be their new head coach, replacing Jason Kidd.

 

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World Cup Quarterfinals Set, Wimbledon, Former Gator Gets Big League Call Up In Sports Update

By on July 2nd, 2014

Even though the United States has been eliminated from the World Cup, the sports world rolls on in our Wednesday Sports Update…

** The quarterfinals for the World Cup are now set after the U.S. was beaten 2-1 yesterday by Belgium.  France faces Germany, Brazil takes on Colombia, Argentina faces Belgium and Netherlands faces Costa Rica.

** At Wimbledon, Maria Sharapova and Rafael Nadal are out after losing yesterday.  Novak Djokovic and defending men’s champ Andy Murray are scheduled to play today.

** In baseball, suddenly hot Tampa Bay stays that way with a 2-1 over the New York Yankees.  Atlanta has won six straight after beating the New York Mets 5-4 and Florida beat Philadelphia 5-4.   Those same match ups take place today.

** Former Gator pitcher Kevin Chapman has been called up to the big leagues by the Houston Astros.   Chapman has had big league experience before.

** A nice honor for former Gator softball pitcher Hannah Rogers as she is named the SEC Female Athlete of the Year after helping lead the Gators to a national championship.

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U.S. Plays In World Cup; Wimbledon, Baseball In Sports Update

By on July 1st, 2014

Our Tuesday Sports Update has a little bit of everything…

** The United States faces Belgium today in the World Cup, looking to advance to further play.  You can hear the match live on ESPN 850 WRUF starting at 3:30pm.

** At Wimbledon, men’s top seed Novak Djokovic and defending champ Andy Murray won fourth round matches on Monday.  The women’s four seed Agnieszka Radwanska lost in a now wide open field.   Today, Maria Sharapova, Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer are among those scheduled for action.

** In baseball, the suddenly resurgent Tampa Bay Rays beat the New York Yankees 4-3 in 12 innings on Monday giving them five wins in their last six games.   Atlanta beat the New York Mets 5-3 and Miami was off; the Marlins play Philadelphia tonight.

** In NBA news, Jason Kidd is now officially the new coach of the Milwaukee Bucks after the Bucks traded two second round picks to the New Jersey Nets to get him.   The Bucks also fired Larry Drew in the process.

** The Orlando Magic waive veteran guard Jameer Nelson to save salary cap space and get younger as well.   He was the longest tenured member of the team.

** Gator pitcher Logan Shore was named a Freshman All American by Baseball America after a 7-4 season with a 2.16 ERA.

** The annual Gator football and volleyball Fan Day has been set for August 16th in the O’Connell Center.

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World Cup Final 16 Set; Baseball, Wimbledon In Sports Update

By on June 30th, 2014

The dog days of summer are here from a sports perspective but still plenty to talk about in our Monday Sports Update…

** The final 16 for the World Cup is now set.   France plays Nigeria and Germany faces Algeria today.   The USA plays Belgium tomorrow in a match you can hear live on ESPN 850 WRUF starting at 3:30pm.

** Wimbledon goes into its final week.  The top two women’s seeds have been bounced from the tournament but on the men’s side, four of the top five seeds are still playing.

** In baseball, Oakland completes a three game sweep of Miami with a 4-3 win while Tampa Bay takes three of four from Baltimore with a 12-7 win.  Atlanta completes a sweep of Philadelphia with a 3-2 win.

** Today in baseball, Tampa Bay begins a series on the road with the New York Yankees while the Braves host the New York Mets.   Miami is off.

** The Miami Heat’s “Big Three” have all opted out of their contracts, becoming free agents.   This could free up large amounts of money for the Heat to go out and improve a team that made it to the NBA Finals this past season.

** The Milwaukee Bucks have offered the New Jersey Nets a second round draft choice to pry coach Jason Kidd loose but the Nets reportedly want a first round selection to let Kidd coach the Bucks.

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Magic And Heat Make NBA Draft Noise

By on June 27th, 2014

The Miami Heat and the Orlando Magic are assessing their moves today after completion of the NBA Draft last night.

Orlando had the fourth overall pick and selected forward Aaron Gordon from Arizona and with the 12th pick selected forward Dario Saric.  However, Orlando traded his rights to Philadelphia in exchange for guard Elfrid Payton from Louisiana-Lafayette.

The Magic did not have a second round selection.

Miami engineered a trade to get guard Shabazz Napier from Charlotte while Miami selected P.J. Hairston and gave his rights to Charlotte.  In the second round Miami took another guard as well.

Several SEC players were selected in the NBA Draft, led by Julius Randle of Kentucky, taken by the LA Lakers with the seventh pick.  James Young of Kentucky went 17th to Boston as the only other SEC player taken in the first round.

Tennessee’s Jarnell Stokes, LSU’s Johnny O’Bryant III, Missouri’s Jordan Clarkson and Tennessee’s Jordan McRae were selected in the second round.

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No Gators In NBA Draft, Baseball, UF Lacrosse In New League,n Friday Sports Update

By on June 27th, 2014

The NBA Draft is history, some big league baseball results, Wimbledon and more in our Friday Sports Update…

** The NBA Draft is history and no Gator players were selected.   Many believed front court man Patrick Young would be drafted but he was not and now he will look to other options.

** In baseball, Houston tops Atlanta 6-1 and Philadelphia nips Miami 5-4 in 14 innings.   This weekend Tampa Bay plays Baltimore while the Marlins host Oakland and Atlanta plays Philadelphia.

** The Gator lacrosse program will join the Big East Conference starting next season.  Vanderbilt will also join the league after the American Lacrosse Conference, where Florida also played, was dismantled after this past season.

** Wimbledon continues today after Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer were among the men’s winners yesterday.  Women’s top seed Serena Williams was also victorious.

** New Florida A&M athletic director Kellen Winslow is trying to forge new ground with the school and it announced it was dropping it’s men’s tennis and golf programs to be better in line with Title IX requirements.

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U.S. Advances In World Cup Play

By on June 26th, 2014

Despite a 1-0 loss to Germany on Thursday, the United States will advance to the round of 16 in the FIFA World Cup.  The U.S. advances from Group G on goal differential with Portugal.

The next match up for the United States will be on Tuesday and the competition will be the winner of Group H, probably Belgium.

 

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