Billy Donovan has coached this team to be a national power over the last 10 years. The Gators won back-to-back titles in '06 and '07 but had many great players before and after that.
The Gators won it in '06 with four sophomores starting, and then their whole starting five returned to win it again. The Gators also reached the championship game in 2000, falling to Michigan State.
This will be the 12 best Gators of the decade. They might not be individually the best, but these 12 will be the best TEAM possible. Enjoy!
A true PG, just barely beating out Taurean Green and Anthony Roberson for this spot. If he passed a little better, this spot would be handed to him on a silver platter.
He can shoot lights out and is one of the best ball handlers the team has ever seen. He just didn't have help. But in just two years he won SEC Freshman of the Year and earned a First Team All-SEC appearance.
One or two more years and this kid is a top pick in the NBA Draft and one of the best Gators ever!
A three-year starter in the Gator backcourt and one of the greatest shooters to ever put on a Florida uniform.
Second place in school history for three-pointers made (274)...second on the Gators' all-time list in steals with 199 and fifth on the all-time Florida list in steals per game at 1.54...sixth in career assists with 406 and sixth in career assists per game at 3.16.
Fnished his career in 14th place on the school's all-time scoring list with 1,416 points...fifth on the school's all-time list for free throw accuracy, hitting an impressive .825 from the line during his four-year career (189-229).
Two-time winner of Florida's Most Improved Player Award...holds the UF record for consecutive games with a three-pointer (33), the sixth longest in SEC history...Florida's all-time leader in NCAA Tournament action in steals (22), assists (35), and three-point field goals made (26) and attempted (63).
The kid was a stud who made plays every time he put on the Orange and Blue!
The fast, lanky-armed player who gave it his all every game, every year. He fit in with Billy's up-tempo, full court press, fast break offense perfectly and got the job done two years in a row.
As a junior he won Co-SEC defensive player of the year honors and was the NCAA Final Four MOP. During the 2007 NCAA Final Four, Brewer dropped 16 points and five rebounds in both games.
Brewer gets the starting spot over lights out shooter Matt Walsh.
Still wearing Orange and Blue for the lowly Knicks, Lee dominated at the PF position even when the Gators weren't hot. Roberson to Lee became a common occurrence and won the Gators a few SEC titles over then powerhouse Kentucky.
He led the Gators in FG percentage for his freshman, sophomore, and junior years. He is a very skilled dunker at 6'9" and is a lefty. He was a rather reliable scorer and was a great defender.
He will score and get blocks for this team. He is also an assist machine and isn't afraid to put the ball on the floor.
He gets this spot over Matt Bonner, Joakim Noah, and Dan Werner.
Current Atlanta Hawks big man Horford dominated the post for two straight years. The only other consideration for this spot would be Udonis Haslem, and in my mind that wasn't even a contest.
Horford finished second in UF history for blocked shots and averaged a double-double throughout both championship-winning tTournaments in '06 and '07. He finished his Gator career with 28 double-doubles, and one was against Ohio State in the 2007 National Championship Game.
As a Sophomore, Horford made second team All-SEC and was the SEC tournament MVP in 2007 as a junior.
The most emotional player ever to play for the Gators, Noah just missed the starting cut. He was a team leader, and although sometimes he went overboard, he was a absolute monster.
He was unstoppable on the glass for the two championship years and was an electric dunker. In 2006, as a sophomore, he missed the UF blocking record by one. He had 95 packs.
He led the Gators in scoring with 14 points a game and was second in rebounding with seveb a game. He was First Team All-SEC and the Final Four MOP.
In 2007, he chose to come back to school rather than be the potential No. 1 overall draft pick. His stats only slightly declined in the second championship year, grabbing second team AP All-American and second consecutive First Team All-SEC honors.
He set an NCAA tourney record with an incredible 29 blocked shots and had six against UCLA, a single game tourney record.
One of the best pure three-point shooters ever to grace the Gators with his presence—setting an all-time Gator record for career threes with 288 and most in a season with 113, in back-to-back years!
As the only upperclassman on the Gators' first NCAA Championship starting five, Humphrey dropped 10 threes in the Final Four alone.
In 2007, as a senior, Humphrey got hot again and had the same number (113) of threes as he did the year before. He tied a career high for threes in a game with seven in a NCAA tourney game against Oregon, a game in which play was delayed to fix a broken net that Humphrey caused by bombing in a three.
He finished his career with a successful 14-point performance against OSU in the '07 championship game.
Roberson played only three years as a Gator but was one of the most clutch players the Gators have ever seen. He could dish the ball, take the long-range jumper, or break your ankles driving the ball. He had a lightning-quick first step, and that is where he broke you.
He loved to run and push the ball consistently. Hitting up David Lee was his favorite hobby, and he can be compared to ball handlers like Stephon Marbury and Mike Bibby.
He helped lead the Gators to consecutive SEC titles over powerhouse Kentucky.
One of the Gators' premier PGs, Taurean could drop dimes like no other. But he could drive too, and shoot. He was a lights out guy from the charity stripe. Billy Donovan called TG's eight-assist performance against the Bruins in '06 "one of the best pure PG games he has ever seen"
He was a highly touted recruit, finishing second for Mr. Basketball in the state of Florida. He lived up to the hype, giving us back-to-back titles.
The MVP of the Gators' NCAA Tournament regional in 2007, TG dropped 21 on Oregon while dishing out three assists.
Speights was the team's most dominant big man for the '07-08 season and was a contributing member on the '06-07 championship team (the team's second NC). He had a very reliable mid-range jumper and was a very good shot blocker.
Speights was a monster on the boards. As a sophomore, Marreese averaged almost 15 points a game and eight boards a game. He set a UF freshman record for shot percentage (67.1).
As a bench player during his freshman year, Speights was a reliable backup and averaged five points and two boards a game off the pine. He also blocked 15 shots that season playing only 5.7 minutes a game. As a sophomore Speights blocked 49 shots while being second on the team in points scored.
Udonis Haslem only played for two of his four-year career starting for the Gators this decade. The rest were pre-2000.
He was a monster on the boards similar to other Gator bigs like Lee and Horford. He could also shot block as well as anybody and was a team leader.
He was on the All-Final Four Team as a sophomore during the Gators' run in 2000, where they lost to Michigan State in the championship. He also achieved consecutive First Team All-SEC in his junior and senior years.
As a junior he was on the AP All-American Third Team. His stats as a junior were stellar, averaging 16.8 points a game and leading the SEC in field goal percentage (.592).
As a senior he then averaged 16 points a game and was a team captain. He led the team in scoring, free throws, and blocked shots both years and had 11 double-doubles his second year.
This was the hardest decision to make. Walsh got the spot over four-year stud Walter Hodge.
Walsh was the team's most reliable shooter for three years. His freshman year gave Billy D a taste of what was to come for this kid. He dropped 26 in his nnational TV debut in the Preseason NIT and then had another 20-point performance that week, earning him ESPN.com player of the week.
He started all his games as a freshman and was second in the SEC in three-point percentage. He had almost 13 points a game as a freshman and got to the charity stripe the most of all Gators that year.
As a sophomore, Walsh was second team All-SEC and averaged 16 points a game. He also averaged 18 points a game against the SEC. He scored 20-plus points eight times that year.
He was a tremendous all-around guy; he was scrappy but hustled and got the job done.
Walter Hodge: Reliable four-year Gator guard who could drive, dish, or knock down the jumper.
Matt Bonner: Great forward who seemingly never missed from beyond the arc.
Chris Richard: Superb sixth man for both championship years.