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May 14, 2013

Gators notes: Florida to play Kansas, No. 1 recruit Wiggins at home in '13; Jenkins, Sturgis sign contracts; UF gains '14 commit

The Southeastern Conference and the Big 12 conference announced Tuesday the matchups for the 2013-14 Big 12/SEC Challenge, including the headline game between Florida and Kansas on Dec. 10 in Gainesville.

“The ability to showcase SEC basketball in this kind of conference competition makes this a unique and exciting event for our coaches, student-athletes and fans,” SEC commissioner Mike Slive said in a release. “We are pleased to be able to work with the Big 12 and ESPN to highlight the sport of men’s basketball.”

The Jayhawks will bring with them to Gainesville the nation's No. 1 recruit and perhaps the best player in college basketball in Andrew Wiggins, who committed to Kansas Tuesday after much hype surrounding his decision. The Gators signed two of the nation's top 10 recruits and are expected to be ranked in the preseason top 5.

Show us the money

The Dolphins on Tuesday announced they have agreed to terms with former Florida linebacker Jelani Jenkins and former Florida kicker Caleb Sturgis.

Jenkins, Miami's first fourth-round pick, and Sturgis, the first place kicker taken in the draft, both have a solid chance at contributing heavily as rookies. Jenkins provides immediate depth at linebacker and should play a large role on special teams, while Sturgis is expected to battle veteran Dan Carpenter for the starting job. Carpenter is scheduled to earn nearly $2.7 million this season.

PG picks UF

Obviously overshadowed on a national scale by the commitment of Wiggins, 2014 point guard Chris Chiozza ended his recruitment by choosing to attend Florida on Tuesday.

A four-star recruit, Chiozza from Memphis, Tenn., is one of the top point guards in next year's class and chose the Gators over his hometown school as well as Butler, Ohio State and others.



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