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In this Jan. 10, 2020, photo provided by the University of Florida Athletic Association, University of Florida team manager Chris Sutherland is shown warming up before a game between Florida team managers and Missouri team managers, the night before an NCAA college basketball game between Florida and Missouri, at Mizzou Arena in Columbia, Mo. Sutherland waited nearly five years to finally play college basketball. He worked his way onto Florida’s bench in January after serving as an arena worker, a practice player for the women’s team and a team manager for the men’s program. Gaining NCAA eligibility was a daunting task that required him to repay a $5,000 scholarship and remove his name and likeness off a website he created last year to sell streetwear he designed. (Alex de la Osa/UAA Communications via AP)

Hoops dream: Florida walk-on relishes moment years in making

Apr. 2, 2020 1:32 PM EDT

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Chris Sutherland was sitting near the end of Florida’s bench, sandwiched between teammates, when he heard the chants. They were faint at first, growing louder and clearer by the second. “We want Chris! We want Chris!” Sutherland had waited years for this...

In this Jan. 10, 2020, photo provided by the University of Florida Athletic Association, University of Florida team manager Chris Sutherland is shown warming up before a game between Florida team managers and Missouri team managers, the night before an NCAA college basketball game between Florida and Missouri, at Mizzou Arena in Columbia, Mo. Sutherland waited nearly five years to finally play college basketball. He worked his way onto Florida’s bench in January after serving as an arena worker, a practice player for the women’s team and a team manager for the men’s program. Gaining NCAA eligibility was a daunting task that required him to repay a $5,000 scholarship and remove his name and likeness off a website he created last year to sell streetwear he designed. (Alex de la Osa/UAA Communications via AP)

Hoops dream: Florida walk-on relishes moment years in making

Apr. 2, 2020 2:26 AM EDT

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Chris Sutherland was sitting near the end of Florida’s bench, sandwiched between teammates, when he heard the chants. They were faint at first, growing louder and clearer by the second. “We want Chris! We want Chris!” Sutherland had waited years for this...

Georgia's Anthony Edwards (5) tries to get a shot past Florida forward Dontay Bassett (21) during an NCAA college basketball game Wednesday, March 4, 2020, in Athens, Ga. (Joshua L. Jones/Athens Banner-Herald via AP)

Seldom-used Florida forward Bassett enters transfer portal

Mar. 16, 2020 4:34 PM EDT

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Florida forward Dontay Bassett is looking to transfer after playing in just 17 games this season. School officials said Monday that Bassett has entered the NCAA transfer portal and will have immediate eligibility elsewhere next season as a graduate transfer. A 6-foot-9 junior from...

Florida forward Kerry Blackshear Jr. (24) drives ato the basket against Kentucky forward Nick Richards (4) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Saturday, March 7, 2020, in Gainesville, Fla. (AP Photo/Alan Youngblood)

Florida's Blackshear sprains wrist, could miss SEC tourney

Mar. 9, 2020 11:05 AM EDT

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Florida forward Kerry Blackshear Jr., the team's second-leading scorer and leading rebounder, is questionable for the Southeastern Conference Tournament because of a sprained left wrist. Blackshear injured his wrist during the season finale against Kentucky on Saturday. X-rays were...

Florida forward Keyontae Johnson (11) dribbles around Tennessee guard/forward Yves Pons (35) during an NCAA college basketball game in Knoxville, Tenn., on Saturday, Feb. 29, 2020. (Calvin Mattheis/Knoxville News Sentinel via AP)

Versatile Johnson is 'Key' to Florida's late-season surge

Mar. 5, 2020 3:41 PM EST

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Keyontae Johnson is deceptively quick for a power forward. Just ask anyone who’s tried to guard him. The 6-foot-5, 230-pound sophomore keeps blowing by defenders, getting to the basket and finishing about as well as anyone in the Southeastern Conference. Throw in a deft...

Georgia's Anthony Edwards (5) moves the ball pasy Florida forward Keyontae Johnson (11) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Wednesday, March 4, 2020, in Athens, Ga. (Joshua L. Jones/Athens Banner-Herald via AP)

Locke's 3s help Gators take control late to beat Dogs 66-54

Mar. 4, 2020 10:51 PM EST

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — If defense is the measuring stick, Florida is peaking just in time for the postseason. Noah Locke sank back-to-back 3-pointers during Florida's decisive run of 10 unanswered points in the second half and the Gators strengthened their NCAA Tournament hopes by beating Georgia 66-54 on...

Tennessee forward John Fulkerson (10) dribbles the ball past Florida forward Keyontae Johnson (11)  during an NCAA college basketball game in Knoxville, Tenn., on Saturday, Feb. 29, 2020. (Calvin Mattheis/Knoxville News Sentinel via AP)

Tennessee hold off Florida 63-58 behind Fulkerson

Feb. 29, 2020 6:02 PM EST

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — John Fulkerson knew the shot clock was winding down and Tennessee needed something to halt a furious Florida comeback. Fulkerson set his feet and let a 3-point shot fly from near the top of the key. The junior forward had only attempted one other 3-pointer in his entire career, and...

Florida guard Keyontae Johnson (11) catches the ball above the rim and slams it down after a pass from teammate Tre Mann (1) during an NCAA college basketball game against LSU, Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2020 in Gainesville, Fla.  (Brad McClenny/The Gainesville Sun via AP)

Career nights for Johnson, Lewis as Florida thumps LSU 81-66

Feb. 26, 2020 11:45 PM EST

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Florida coach Mike White challenged Keyontae Johnson before the tip, asking the sophomore forward whether he could "play hard for the seventh game in a row.” Johnson responded with another double-double — and a career night. Johnson had a career-high 25 points to go...

Kentucky's Immanuel Quickley celebrates after defeating Florida 65-59 in an NCAA college basketball game in Lexington, Ky., Saturday, Feb. 22, 2020. (AP Photo/James Crisp)

Quickley's 26 points lift No. 10 Kentucky past Florida 65-59

Feb. 22, 2020 10:09 PM EST

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — John Calipari praised Immanuel Quickley’s basketball savvy, but only after the Kentucky coach and an assistant first challenged the guard to shoot the ball — or else. “I said, ‘If you don’t shoot open shots, I'm putting Johnny (Juzang) in because I...

Florida beats Arkansas 73-59, extends dominance in series

Feb. 18, 2020 10:08 PM EST

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Keyontae Johnson spent a good chunk of his career night at the free throw line. It was the best chance undermanned Arkansas had at stopping the 6-foot-5, 230-pound sophomore. Johnson scored a career-high 24 points thanks mostly to making 15 of 17 from the charity stripe as Florida...