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UF BIOS

By Times staff writer

© St. Petersburg Times, published April 3, 2000


BRENT WRIGHT
NO.: 00
POSITION: Forward
HEIGHT: 6-8
WEIGHT: 232
CLASS: Junior
HOMETOWN: Miami
COMMENT: Wright is the most unsung of the Gators' post players. He attacks as the point man in the full-court press, often guards the opponent's top scorer and looks to score only when opponents least expect it and his team most needs it.



DONNELL HARVEY
NO.: 4.
POSITION: Forward.
HEIGHT: 6-8.
WEIGHT: 216.
CLASS: Freshman.
HOMETOWN: Shellman, Ga.
COMMENT: North Carolina coach Bill Guthridge called Harvey the best offensive rebounder the Tar Heels had played. His post moves need polish, but Harvey is a physical defender, thundering shot-blocker and can impact the game with his spectacular rebounding.



TEDDY DUPAY
NO.: 5
POSITION: Guard
HEIGHT: 5-10
WEIGHT: 175
CLASS: Sophomore
HOMETOWN: Fort Myers
COMMENT: Playing with a torn rotator cuff in his left (non-shooting) shoulder, Dupay is gritty in the clutch. A pure outside shooter, he was cold against UNC in the semis - 1-for-8, including 0-of-6 from beyond the arc - but has made 7 of 21 threes in the tournament.

BRETT NELSON
NO.: 10
POSITION: Guard
HEIGHT: 6-3
WEIGHT: 173
CLASS: Freshman
HOMETOWN: St. Albans, W. Va.
COMMENT: Benched in Game 3 for his inability to run UF's offense, Nelson delivered the team into the championship game with a team-high 13 points against UNC. He has been the Gators' most consistent player in the post-season, finally living up to preseason expectations.

JUSTIN HAMILTON
NO.: 12
POSITION: Guard
HEIGHT: 6-3
WEIGHT: 192
CLASS: Freshman
HOMETOWN: Sarasota
COMMENT: The sleeper of freshman class, Hamilton has started the past seven games at point guard. Though not relied upon to provide scoring, he has made several key baskets in the NCAA Tournament, including four offensive putbacks against Oklahoma State in the East Region final.

MIKE MILLER
NO.: 13
POSITION: Forward
HEIGHT: 6-8
WEIGHT: 218CLASS: Sophomore
HOMETOWN: Mitchell, S.D.
COMMENT: Whether or not the recent disclosure that he had numerous conversations with a sports agent proved to be a distraction, Miller was not in top form against North Carolina. He finished with 10 points and seven rebounds, but was 3-of-13 from the floor, 0-of-6 from three-point range.

MATT BONNER
NO.: 15
POSITION: Forward
HEIGHT: 6-9
WEIGHT: 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 - usually at key moments - playing one of the most demanding positions in UF's offense.

MAJOR PARKER
NO.: 25
POSITION: Forward/guard
HEIGHT: 6-4
WEIGHT: 218
CLASS: Junior
HOMETOWN: Fort Lauderdale
COMMENT: A fierce defender, Parker does most of his work in the press and on the perimeter of the defense. He likes to crash the boards, and will surprise with occasional three-pointers. He was 2-for-3 against UNC, including the one that gave UF the lead for good.

UDONIS HASLEM
NO.: 50
POSITION: Center
HEIGHT: 6-7
WEIGHT: 260
CLASS: Sophomore
HOMETOWN: Miami
COMMENT: Haslem is not the flashiest post player in the country, but quietly has become one of the most effective. He has solid offensive moves, provides help in UF's switching man-to-man defense, fights for every rebound, can run the floor and pass in the high-low game.

KENYAN WEAKS
NO.: 52
POSITION: Guard
HEIGHT: 6-4
WEIGHT: 198
CLASS: Senior
HOMETOWN: Concord, N.C.
COMMENT: No longer just a spot-up shooter, Weaks has quick hands on defense and great anticipation in the full-court press. The only player left over from coach Lon Kruger's era, Weaks is reaping the rewards of a difficult adjustment to Billy Donovan's system.

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