Five newcomers make their debuts in the latest of our "mock" first rounds of the June 28 NBA Draft. Among those are a guard (Francisco Garcia) who played for Rick Pitino at Louisville and two other backcourt players who played for former Pitino assistant coaches. They are Julius Hodge (who played for Herb Sendek at North Carolina State) and Matt Walsh (Billy Donovan and Florida).
June 16, 2005
Matt Walsh, a 6-foot-6 junior guard/forward from Florida, has informed Gator head coach Billy Donovan of his intentions to remain in the 2005 NBA Draft, foregoing his senior season. Walsh led the Gators to their first SEC Tournament title in March, earning Tournament MVP honors along the way. Walsh scored 26 points in the Gators' victory over Kentucky in the title game, averaged 19.3 points per game over the tournament and hit 44.8 percent from beyond the arch (13-29).
June 13, 2005
Part two of our preview takes a look at the versatile small forward position. <p> The sports cliché of playing through pain is used day in and day out. Athletes constantly live with the bumps, bruises and breaks of playing their sport. If the athlete doesn't perform he is considered soft by his teammates and ever more importantly, the fans. While some guys toughen out the pain of a sprained finger or sore arm, try playing basketball with a shooting pain in your left foot.
October 13, 2004
ATHENS - The rowdy scene at Georgia's Stegeman Coliseum on Tuesday night that infuriated Florida athletic director <b>Jeremy Foley</b> and basketball coach <b>Billy Donovan</b> has now drawn the attention of the Southeastern Conference.
February 18, 2004
ATHENS – The father of a Florida basketball player accused a Georgia student of punching his son Tuesday night after the Bulldogs' win. Mike Walsh, the father of Matt Walsh, said that his son was punched by an unknown Georgia student following the game.
February 17, 2004
Losing their first road contest at Nebraska this season taught Tennessee that playing on the road is a lot tougher than playing at home. Today the Vols learned two more lessons: Playing on the road in the SEC is tougher than playing on the road in any other conference, and playing at Florida is tougher than playing anywhere else in the SEC.
January 10, 2004