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By Compiled by JOANNE KORTH

© St. Petersburg Times, published April 1, 2000


Brent Wright

NO.: 00

POSITION: Forward

HT: 6-8

WT: 232

CLASS: Junior

HOMETOWN: Miami

COMMENT: Wright does the dirty work that rarely shows up in the statistics -- guards the opponent's top scorer, scrambles for loose balls, runs around as the point man in the full-court press.

Ronnie King

NO.: 2

POSITION: Guard

HT: 5-11

WT: 178

CLASS: Sophomore

HOMETOWN: Brandon

COMMENT: King is talented enough to play at many schools, but toils as a second-year walk-on. He saw NCAA Tournament action on defense for the final 22 seconds of the first half against Illinois.

Donnell Harvey

NO.: 4

POSITION: Forward/center

HT: 6-8

WT: 216

CLASS: Freshman

HOMETOWN: Shellman, Ga.

COMMENT: The Gators' best athlete, Harvey is an instinctive rebounder. Of his 22 rebounds in the tournament, 10 have been offensive. If Florida needs a tip-in to win it all, Harvey will shine.

Teddy Dupay

NO.: 5

POSITION: Guard

HT: 5-10

WT: 175

CLASS: Sophomore

HOMETOWN: Fort Myers

COMMENT: With the emergence of freshmen Brett Nelson and Justin Hamilton at point guard, Dupay has shifted to shooting guard in the post-season. He is a fearless long-range shooter.

Brett Nelson

NO.: 10

POSITION: Guard

HT: 6-3

WT: 173

CLASS: Freshman

HOMETOWN: St. Albans, W.Va.

COMMENT: A highly regarded high school point guard, Nelson only recently began living up to expectations. He is a flashy ball-handler and excellent shooter.

Justin Hamilton

NO.: 12

POSITION: Guard

HT: 6-3

WT: 192

CLASS: Freshman

HOMETOWN: Sarasota

COMMENT: The sleeper of the freshman class, Hamilton has started the past six games at point guard. His versatility, size, strength and quickness make him effective in UF's up-tempo style.

Mike Miller

NO.: 13

POSITION: Forward

HT: 6-8

WT: 216

CLASS: Sophomore

HOMETOWN: Mitchell, S.D.

COMMENT: One of the nation's best all-around players, Miller can do it all -- dribble, shoot, rebound, pass, defend, dive for loose balls. He is a matchup nightmare for most teams.

Matt Bonner

NO.: 15

POSITION: Forward

HT: 6-9

WT: 222

CLASS: Freshman

HOMETOWN: Concord, N.H.

COMMENT: An unsung contributor, Bonner has the size of a power forward and the finesse of a shooting guard. He chips in rebounds, three-point baskets and assists.

Major Parker

NO.: 25

POSITION: Forward/guard

HT: 6-4

WT: 218

CLASS: Junior

HOMETOWN: Fort Lauderdale

COMMENT: A fierce defender, Parker inspires teammates with his energy in the full-court press and half-court defensive sets. Parker likes to crash the boards.

Udonis Haslem

NO.: 50

POSITION: Center

HT: 6-7

WT: 260

CLASS: Sophomore

HOMETOWN: Miami

COMMENT: Quiet and unassuming, Haslem is the driving force behind the Gators. Few teams have an answer for his combination of strength and mobility.

Kenyan Weaks

NO.: 52

POSITION: Guard

HT: 6-4

WT: 198

CLASS: Senior

HOMETOWN: Concord, N.C.

COMMENT: Weaks has matured into an all-around player. He has quick hands on defense and great anticipation in the full-court press.

Coach Billy Donovan

AGE: 34

RECORD: 77-48, fourth season; 112-68 overall.

NCAA RECORD: 6-1, two appearances.

COMMENT: Donovan has overhauled the program with his dogged recruiting and up-tempo system. He also has proven to be a solid bench coach and motivator.

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