FOUR BITS: Lee injured, Tebow’s playing time, Beal respected, Martin transferring

By Adam Silverstein
July 21, 2010

1 » Tuesday, OGGOA alerted you to a great story about new Golden State Warriors forward/center David Lee and how the former Florida Gators product was a great teammate and face of the organization for the New York Knicks. Unfortunately, Lee ended up having a tough day; he injured his right middle finger during his first practice with USA Basketball in Las Vegas, NV, while trying out for the men’s national team. “I looked down and my finger was completely turned to the side,” Lee told ESPN. “It’s possibly a tendon or a dislocation of some sort. It’s something I’ve got to go have looked at either way. Hopefully it’s something I can splint up and play with. That’s up to the doctors to decide.” He met with Dr. Bill Green in San Francisco, CA, Tuesday evening, and the prognosis appears to be a dislocation, which could be serious enough to keep him out for a while. Nevertheless, Lee will be returning to Las Vegas late on Wednesday to rejoin his teammates – even if he cannot play.

2 » Denver Broncos beat writer Dave Krieger of The Denver Post expects to see plenty of former Gators quarterback Tim Tebow in the team’s wild horse offense this season. “My guess is more than you think,” Krieger writes. “In fact, my guess is the Broncos will lead the league in what other teams call wildcat plays, unless Tebow’s place in the formation determines what you call it, in which case the counting could get complicated. […] I would be surprised if [head coach Josh McDaniels] drafted Tebow in the first round to be a clipboard holder for even one year. […] Even if he is not ready to be a starting NFL quarterback, Tebow is likely to be a better passer than most running backs and a better runner than most quarterbacks.”

3 » Surveying “30 of the top recruits across the country,” Jeff Goodman of FOX Sports wanted to see who high school basketball stars agreed was the best of the best for 2011. Florida five-star commitment Brad Beal (St. Louis, MO) made it on two of the top lists – best player and best shooter. Beal received six votes for best player (only one behind the winners) and 11 votes for best shooter (eight more than the next three players).

4 » Five-star 2010 defensive end/linebacker Chris Martin (Aurora, CO), who was heavily considering the Gators during his recruitment, has decided to transfer from the California Golden Bears. Martin, who recorded 11 sacks and forced five fumbles last year for his high school team, feels he is too distracted in Berkeley, CA, and wants to concentrate both on football and his studies elsewhere. Florida and Oklahoma have emerged as the two favorites to bring in Martin but little of consequence has been reported on the matter thus far.

Extra BIT » Via his Twitter account Tuesday morning, Gators redshirt junior forward Adam Allen explained that he hopes to return to playing basketball at some point. “Great rehab [session] this morning,” Allen tweeted. “Don’t count me out, there’s still hope for a comeback [people].” OGGOA wishes him the best in his recovery.

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  1. El Meester says:

    Is Cal releasing Martin from his LOI, thus allowing him to sign elsewhere and play right away, or was Martin already enrolled in the Spring or Summer at Cal, and now must transfer and sit out a year?

  2. Not sure. My assumption is that he will be released from his LOI as long as the NCAA approves.

  3. zurbo says:

    I think its time for Allen to give it up, he aint that good anyway

  4. Not sure why he should give up…he’s getting free rehab and therapy from UF and, if he has the chance to be with his friends as a walk-on (he’s on Bright Futures now), why not?

  5. tank says:

    I think its time for you to get back into your hole.
    No reason not to give the Allen-Parsons project another look. As stated before, he gave up his scholly.

  6. El Meester says:

    Just saw your tweet Adam! This D-Line is going to be absolutely sick in 2011 and onward. If Martin had committed to us back in Decemeber, I don’t know if we would have landed Easley. It’s great to have them all.

    I hope we can keep Pagan as well. I know he’s been wavering some.

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