Top 100 players in the 100 years of Gator hoops: 91-100


Published: Sunday, February 28, 2016 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, February 27, 2016 at 11:11 p.m.

Florida's first basketball team began in 1915­-16 with a 5­-1 record 100 years ago. Because there were no teams from 1916­-19 because of World War I, UF is waiting until after the O­Dome is renovated to honor its 100th season of basketball.

But The Sun is going ahead with its top 100 players in the 100 years of Gator hoops. Sun sports columnist Pat Dooley selected the 100 with help from multiple sources who have been around Gator basketball for many years, although not all 100 of them. The players were selected based on what they did at UF, with professional basketball having no impact.

Today, we unveil Nos. 91-­100 and each day here at Gatorsports.com, we will unveil 10 more with a short Q&A with one of the 10 selections.

No. 100 — Tom Barbee

Barbee played from 1961-­65 and was the captain of the '64-­'65 team. He averaged 12.8 points and 7.2 rebounds during his Florida career.

No. 99 — Gary McElroy

McElroy was a strong inside player from 1965-­68, playing in 76 games and being an integral part of Florida's '66-­'67 team that went 21­4. He averaged 7.8 points and 5.8 rebounds during his career.

No. 98 — Brian Thompson

Thompson didn't have great numbers, but he was the glue on Florida's first Final Four team in 1994, often covering the opponent's best scorer. He had 129 assists during his career.

No. 97 — Gary Waddell

Waddell was a big guy who played in 72 games for the Gators and averaged 8.0 points and 4.6 rebounds during his career from 1970-­72. He shot 46 percent from the field for his career.

No. 96 — Hosie Grimsley

Grimsley played from 1989-­93, earning four letters and doing all of the little things for his team. He was a lockdown defender and had 230 assists and 122 steals during his career at UF.

No. 95 — Bob Van Noy

Van Noy played from 1979-­80 and averaged 7.9 points a game and 4.0 rebounds while shooting 43 percent from the field.

No. 94 — Larry Brewster

Who can forget the crowd chanting “Brew!” when the 6-­foot-­10 center would hit one of his hook shots. He played from 1974-­78 and was team captain as a senior. He averaged 11.1 points and 4.6 rebounds during his career.

No. 93 — Ric Clarson

Clarson played from 1975-­79 and had a knack for hitting big jump shots. He scored 662 points in his career and had 176 assists. He was team captain as a senior.

No. 92 — Boyd Welsch

Welsch went from a super sub on Florida's first postseason team to a starter on an 18-­9 team and averaged 12.6 points a game that year. He played from 1966-­69 and made 75 percent of his free throw attempts.

No. 91 — Mike Lederman

Like many players from his era (he played from 1973-­76), Lederman would have put up much bigger numbers if there was a 3-­point line. He specialized in long-­range jumpers and averaged 12.6 points as a senior.

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