GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- With football season sadly in the rear-view mirror, it's time to devote more attention to hoops. No. 19 Florida tries to break its road losing skein at South Carolina on Saturday at 7 p.m. ET (you can watch the game here on ESPN3). Here are some Gator-related links from ESPN to get you in the mood.
In the past, being in the starting lineup was considered a status symbol among players. But these days, substituting is becoming chic as top players from some of the nation's best programs make their mark off the bench. Florida's Mike Rosario makes Jason King's top 10.
Matt Giles looks at how Chad Ford’s top 10 prospects in the 2012 NBA draft stack up in John Hollinger's college basketball player power rankings. Florida freshman guard Bradley Beal ranks among the SEC's elite.
Florida drops one spot to No. 15.
Last Saturday’s tournament at Orlando Christian Prep featured eight of Florida’s top hoop teams and three squads (Montverde Academy, Lake Highland Prep and Orlando Christian Prep) that entered the day ranked nationally in the POWERADE FAB 50. There were plenty of future Gators, as 2012 commits Michael Frazier and Dillon Graham were joined by 2013 commit Kasey Hill.
The nation's best prospects come together for the Hoop Hall Classic this weekend. Florida's top power forward target Anthony Bennett will be there, as his Findlay Prep Pilots play the Simeon Wolverines Monday at 3 p.m. The game is on ESPNU. Here's a preview (Insider).
Power forward Khem Birch picked the Runnin' Rebs over the Gators on Monday.
GATORS IN THE NBA
Tim Legler and Mike Hill take a look at why Joakim Noah's numbers might be down this year.
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