GAINESVILLE -- Based on what I've seen so far, this Florida team is not significantly different from last season's squad. Center Kenny Kadji is young and needs to grow up quickly. Freshman point guard Erving Walker already appears good enough to push sophomore Jai Lucas for playing time.
Center Alex Tyus is playing out of position and needs another body inside to free up his explosiveness. (This according to UF coach Billy Donovan.) Dan Werner led UF with 17 points and senior shooting guard Walter Hodge came off the bench.
LIVE BLOG BELOW
Ray Shipman fouled during a 3-point attempt and makes all three free throws. Five points in a row for Shipman. UF 75, Warner 32. (Live blogging ends after 40-point leads.) Shipman finished with 10 points (3-of-6) in his Gators' debut.
Chandler Parsons with the Gators' first dunk of the preseason. UF 61, Warner 28
Nick Calathes begins the second half with a 3-pointer. UF 59, Warner 25; 18:49.
FIRST HALF BELOW
Dan Werner six consecutive points to end the first half, including a 3-pointer at the buzzer. UF 56-23.
Miami's own Ray Shipman scores the first bucket of his career. He was fouled in the process and made it a 3-point play. UF 47-17, 3:59.
Nick Calathes called for kicking the ball...he learned that move in Greece. UF freshman forward Allan Chaney of Connecticut in the game and he gives UF a 40-12 lead; 42-14. Allan Chaney not related to the Vice President.
Didn't take long for Kadji to record his first block...and his first foul. Walter Hodge with a 3-pointer. Moments later, Kadji (pronounced KAY-gee) records first bucket of his preseason career, followed by a three-point play from Dan Werner.
UF on a quick 8-2 run. UF center Kenny Kadji first appearance of the preseason. He's tall (6-10).
It's the Erving Walker vs. Jai Lucas show here in the first half and Walker is winning. He just drained another jumper and then recorded a steal. UF 20, Warner 7; 9:52.
Jai Lucas must have heard us talking about him. He entered the game and made a 3-pointer. UF 18, Warner 5; 11:31.
UF freshman guard Erving Walker looking good. Nice move by the New York City point guard, pushing off a defender and draining a 17-footer. UF 15, Warner 4, 11:56. Jai Lucas take a seat says the guy sitting next to me, who shall remain nameless.
Miami's own Ray Shipman in the game for Nick Calathes...and Shipman air balls a 3-point attempt (two feet long). Welcome to the O'Dome, Ray. Florida has attempted eight shots and seven have been from behind the arc.
Nick Calathes drains a 3-pointer to give UF a 11-2 lead, 15:00. Warner is 1-of-9 from the floor. Jai Lucas missed two 3-point attempts and was summarily sent to the bench by Billy D. Freshman guard Erving Walker in the game.
--First basketball live blog comment of the season...Chandler Parsons is still skinny. But he can drain an NBA-range 3-pointer. UF 6, Warner 2; 17:33.
Basketball season again. Live from the O'Connell Center tonight for the Gators' first exhibition game of the preseason. Tonight's opponent, Warner, is not ranked in the AP Top 25...but the Gators debuted in the preseason poll at No.19. Let's see if they're worth it.
Tonight's UF starters: F Dan Werner,(no relation to the school), F Alex Tyus, F Chandler Parsons, G Nick Calathes and G Jai Lucas.