Florida Basketball: The 10 Greatest Gators of the 2000s

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Florida Basketball: The 10 Greatest Gators of the 2000s
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The University of Florida may be known as a football school, but the 2000s have been great to the Florida Gator basketball program.

Led by Head Coach Billy Donovan, the Gators have won three SEC Tournament Titles, two National Championships and built arguably one of the best rosters in college basketball history in 2007.

Some players who made the Honorable Mentions list could have easily been in the top 10.

Lee Humphrey was the sharpshooter from three-point range for the back-to-back National Championship teams and he holds many records for the Gators. He holds the record for most three-pointers made in NCAA tournament play with 55 three-point field goals in 14 games. He also holds the school record for most three-pointers made in a season (113) and career (288).

Justin Hamilton, Erving Walker and Kenny Boynton also made the Honorable Mentions list. Hamilton played for the Gators in the early 2000s. He ranks high in many statistical categories for UF such as steals and assists. Erving Walker and Kenny Boynton will be the veterans on possibly the best backcourt in the nation this upcoming season and were one game away from the Final Four in 2010.

Nick Calathes ranks just outside of the top 10. He is easily one of the most talented players to ever play for the Gators but he did disappoint by leaving early to play professionally. There was so much Calathes could have accomplished. He was good, not great. Nick left us with some good memories, but there could have been so much more.

As the 2011-2012 season approaches I thought it is only right we look back on the "Glory Days of Florida Basketball."

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