Florida Gators 27 – Georgetown Hoyas 23; What 1 Half Of A Basketball Game Can Tell Us

On Friday night, the Florida Gators men’s basketball team played half of a game against the Georgetown Hoyas on an aircraft carrier. The court–temporarily housed on the USS Bataan–became unworthy for use and both teams decided it was in their best interests to call the game at the half. That can happen when you play outside on a court meant to be used inside. You generally don’t find the same sort of condensation problems unless your gym has serious air conditioning issues. In the end, there never was an end and the game was canceled after only 20 minutes of play. The Gators won–if you can call it a win, which you really can’t because it doesn’t count–27-23, so they have that going for them.

Will Yeguete - Florida Gators

We only saw 20 minutes of action, but it was enough to give us a brief glimpse into what the 2012-13 version of the Florida Gators may look like. We didn’t learn a lot–and the entire half could have been an aberration of what the season will really bring–but we were taught a thing or two about what’s ahead.

First of all, this looks to be another team that will live and die by the three-point shot. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, but keep a lookout for the first time the Gators fall behind by 9-12 points in an important game. How they try to get back into that game will be extremely telling. This team has the talent to win games behind the arc, but also the ability to lose them.

Without a true point guard, the Gators don’t have an assist man. The assists will come, but Florida needs someone to find Kenny Boynton for the open shot. Boynton can’t find himself and works well receiving the ball. He has the ability to play the point guard position, but the Gators would benefit greatly from having a distributor to play alongside him. Braxton Ogbueze will have to grow up quickly.

On that note, so will all of the freshman. It looks like they will be relied upon early and often this season. Billy Donovan likes fresh players on the court and to do so, he’ll have to play the four true freshman. They’ll need to get up to the speed of the college game immediately.

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2012 Basketball Recruiting Report: Braxton Ogbueze – Point Guard – Charlotte, NC

In a year the Florida Gators were to lose their starting point guard Erving Walker to graduation, Billy Donovan picked up his top commit of the 2012 recruiting cycle in United Faith Christian Academy point guard Braxton Ogbueze. A solid athlete, Ogbueze looks to step into immediate playing time at Florida and share point guard duties with junior Scottie Wilbekin.

The Rundown

Name: Braxton Ogbueze
Position: Point Guard
Height: 6’1″
Weight: 185
Hometown: Charlotte, NC
High School: United Faith Christian Academy
Class: 2012
Rankings: 247Sports – 4 stars, No. 6 PG, No. 52 Overall | ESPN – 4 stars, No. 7 PG, No. 50 Overall | Scout – 4 stars, No. 5 PG | Rivals – 4 stars, No. 14 PG, No. 78 Overall
Status: Committed to Florida

The Report

After considering Baylor, Florida, Kansas, Oklahoma, and Wake Forest, the Charlotte guard Braxton Ogbueze narrowed his recruitment down to the Gators and the Bears, though he would eventually commit to Florida. His official commitment would come following a Gators’ win over Alabama. Ogbueze was then the second player to join the 2012 recruiting class.

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Point Guard Braxton Ogbueze Commits to the Florida Gators

Michael Frazier was probably getting lonely.  The Plant (Tampa, FL) shooting guard committed to Florida back in August of 2010.  Today, he gained a friend and future teammate when United Faith Christian Academy (Charlotte, North Carolina) point guard Braxton Ogbueze chose the Gators over Baylor.

The 6’1”, 185 lb. Ogbueze is the nation’s #9 point guard and #48 player overall according to Rivals.com.  He had a lot of interest, but had narrowed his decision down to the Gators or the Bears.  Picking up a point guard was big for Florida.  The Gators will lose current starter Erving Walker following the season before Ogbueze arrives in Gainesville and Scottie Wilbekin will be beginning his junior year.
Ogbueze is a scoring point guard (of course what high-ranked high schoolers aren’t scorers?) who doesn’t have any fear of taking shots.  He has a great ability to make plays off the dribble and makes his teammates better.  Ogbueze is still improving so be sure to follow him during his senior year.  He’s an exciting prospect to watch.