Michael Frazier II

Florida junior Michael Frazier II declares for 2015 NBA Draft


Florida guard Michael Frazier II will be leaving school early and entering the NBA Draft, Frazier announced on Twitter.

Frazier averaged 12.1 points as a junior, shooting 38.0 percent from three in a year where the Gators struggled mightily. Florida went just 16-17 this season, losing a number of close games and missing out on the NIT all together.

Frazier holds the Florida record for three-pointers made in a game — he hit 11 in a 37 point performance in 2013-2014 — and he played for Team USA in a U19 tournament after his freshman season. But Frazier suffered a high-ankle sprain in Florida’s loss to Kentucky in Gainesville this season, forcing him to miss seven games. He was not the same player when he returned.

Draft Express had Frazier rated as a potential second round pick in the 2016 NBA Draft prior to his announcement, although his athleticism, shooting ability and 6-foot-9 wingspan will make him an interesting prospect heading into the draft.

Florida’s leading scorer expected to play against undefeated Kentucky on Saturday

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Florida is expecting to have its leading scorer back for Saturday’s regular season finale at top-ranked Kentucky.

Michael Frazier II has missed the past seven games with an injured right ankle, which he suffered in Florida’s 68-61 loss to No. 1 Kentucky back on Feb. 7. Florida head coach Billy Donovan told reporters Friday that Frazier should be able to go against the Wildcats, but is unsure in what capacity.

“I’m going into the game with him being available,” Donovan said via the Associated Press. “But for me to go in there and say, ‘OK, he’s back right now, he’s going to play 30 minutes and he’s going to be back to where he was before he got injured,’ I think would be a mistake. It’s another body in our backcourt.”

Frazier is averaging a team-high 13.2 points per game.

Florida enters the game 15-15 with a sub .500 record in SEC play. Even after losing four starters from last year’s Final Four team, this has been a disappointing campaign for the Gators. But they have a chance to play spoilers, the only team standing in Kentucky’s way of a perfect 31-0 regular season.

Florida’s Billy Donovan on Michael Frazier’s status for Thursday: ‘Out right now’

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Florida will be without their leading scorer Michael Frazier II for an unspecified amount of time, head coach Billy Donovan announced on Monday.

Frazier injured his right ankle during Saturday night’s loss to No. 1 Kentucky in Gainesville. He tried to play on the injury in the second half, but managed just six ineffective minutes.

“I would say out right now,” Donovan said when asked about Frazier’s status for Thursday’s game against Ole Miss. “It looks like a high-ankle sprain right now. It is really hard with these things because there is not a lot of swelling in a high-ankle sprain. It is less than 48 hours from the game, but my feeling right now is he will be out. He is in a boot right now.”

“It could be a couple days, it could be three days, it could be a week. We don’t know until we see how he responds to treatment.”

Losing Frazier now is a huge blow for Florida, who played their best game of a disappointing season in that loss on Saturday. Frazier is averaging 13.2 points and scored 27 points the last time the Gators played Ole Miss.

Florida, at 12-11 on the year, is a longshot to make the NCAA tournament.

No. 8 Florida needs overtime to defeat Louisiana-Monroe, 61-56

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Until this week, No. 8 Florida hadn’t lost on its home floor in 33 games. Friday night, the Gators almost suffered a second home loss in five days, as Louisiana-Monroe led by a dozen in the first half and later stormed back in the last minute to tie the game and force overtime. However, it was in the extra frame where shorthanded Florida pulled away from a 61-56 victory.

Free throws from Michael Frazier II put Florida up 51-43 with two minutes left, looking like the Gators had avoided the upset bid from their Sun Belt opponent. Nick Coppola had different plan, scoring five of his 11 points in the final 90 seconds — assisting on a 3-point field goal in that span — to force overtime.

Jon Horford had the only Florida field goal in overtime, as the Gators closed out the game from the line.

This was the second time this week, Florida coughed up a late-game lead, only this time the Gators regrouped to pick up a win. On Monday, Miami guard Angel Rodriguez lead the charge, scoring 22 of his 24 points with under nine minutes to play, in a come-from-behind win for the Hurricanes. Blowing a lead to Miami, especially given the zone Rodriguez was in is one thing, but to ULM — even without two starters — is a concern for Florida moving forward.

Following the game, Billy Donovan told reporters in the post-game press conference, “This is the team we’re taking to the Bahamas,” which would mean the Gators are going to the toughest early-season tournament without Dorian Finney-Smith or Eli Carter, who missed Friday’s game with a foot injury. In order to survive that field, the undermanned Florida team will need more out of Kasey Hill, who is shooting 3-of-21 from the field over his last two games with 10 assists and seven turnovers. They’ll also need rely heavily on Chris Walker, who recorded four points and six boards in 25 minutes in his season debut on Friday.

It won’t get easier when Florida returns to campus, as the Gators kick off December with a road game against Kansas.

Florida will have plenty of time to get its full roster on the floor — Duke transfer Alex Murphy isn’t eligible until the second semester — and it’s a long season to sort out its issues, but this week could be the beginning of a tough stretch for Donovan and Co.

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Michael Frazier II ends slump as No. 1 Florida reaches fourth straight Elite Eight


In solid, if not spectacular, wins over Albany and Pittsburgh last week Florida sophomore sharpshooter Michael Frazier II struggled with his shooting. The SEC’s best perimeter shooter, Frazier shot 4-for-15 from the field and 3-for-13 from beyond the arc. When he’s on the Gators enjoy better spacing offensively, as teams are forced to account for his outside shooting.

Frazier regained his touch Thursday night in Memphis, making five three-pointers to help Florida eliminate No. 4 UCLA 79-68. Now the school record-holder for made three-pointers in a season, Frazier scored a game-high 19 points on 7-for-13 shooting from the field. As a team Florida shot 50% from the field, and unselfish play on the offensive end of the floor resulted in 22 of their 29 made field goals being assisted.

And their best distributor was none other than freshman Kasey Hill, who accounted for ten assists (just two turnovers) to go along with six points and six rebounds off the bench. With Scottie Wilbekin finishing the game with 13 points and three assists, Florida’s point guard tandem combined for 19 points, 13 assists and two turnovers.

Wilbekin, the SEC Player of the Year, and Frazier would be key figures in a 10-0 Florida run that increased their lead from one (56-55) to 11 (66-55) with 5:34 remaining. Wilbekin played a part in eight of those points, scoring six himself and assisting on a Frazier jumper. The senior point guard has been lauded for his ability to take control of games, and that was once again the case despite his starting the game 2-for-10 from the field.

The bench contributed 23 points, with Dorian Finney-Smith (ten points, six rebounds and four assists) and Chris Walker (seven points, three rebounds) helping Florida navigate the second-half foul trouble incurred by Patric Young and Casey Prather. With Saturday’s opponent, No. 11 Dayton, able to use as many as 12 players those bench contributions will be important.

But most important for Florida on Thursday was Michael Frazier II getting back on track, and that occurred against UCLA. When Frazier’s on the Gators are a far tougher team to defend, and that continues to be the case Florida can win three more games and take home the program’s third national title.