Top 100 players in the 100 years of Gator hoops: 71-80


Published: Tuesday, March 1, 2016 at 12:00 p.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, March 1, 2016 at 10:48 a.m.

Today, we unveil Nos. 71-80 and each day here at Gatorsports.com, we will unveil 10 more with a short Q&A with one of the 10 selections.

No. 80 — Skip Highley

The plucky guard played from 1964-67 and was the captain of the team in his senior season when he averaged 11.5 points a game when Florida went 21-4.

No. 79 — Bob Shiver

Shiver played from 1958-61 and was a team captain as a senior. In 1960, he shot 82 percent from the free throw line. He averaged 12.4 points and 6.1 rebounds a game for his career, including 17.5 as a senior.

No. 78 — Tom Purvis

Purvis played from 1969-71 and averaged 11.2 points for his career. In his final season as a Gator, Purvis averaged 13.8 points and 7.5 rebounds a game.

No. 77 — Malcolm Cesare

Cesare started all 77 games in which he played from 1975-79 and led the Gators in steals in his senior season. He averaged 12.8 points and 6.7 rebounds during his career and also had 177 assists while shooting 51 percent from the field.

No. 76 — Tom Baxley

Baxley had a game to remember in 1962 when he scored 34 points at Miami. The following season, he averaged 16.3 points a game. As a sophomore, he was a third-team All-SEC selection.

No. 75 — Donnell Harvey

It was quite a coup when Billy Donovan secured Harvey's signature in a battle with Duke. Harvey helped Florida go to its first national title game averaging 10.1 points and 7.0 rebounds per game while leading the team in blocked shots in his only season.

No. 74 — Will Yeguete

The numbers may not suggest that Yeguete be this high on the list, but he was the ultimate glue guy who played in 17 NCAA Tournament games, including a Final Four. He shot 49 percent for his career and finished with 110 assists and 117 steals.

No. 73 — Earl Findley

The talented forward averaged 11.3 points and 8.0 rebounds per game during his career. In 1970, he torched Ole Miss in Oxford by scoring 34 points.

No. 72 — Bob Smyth

Smyth was a forward from 1973-77 and twice was named to All-SEC teams. He averaged 11.9 points and 8.6 rebounds per game during his career.

No. 71 — Curt Cunkle

Cunkle played from 1950-53 and was first-team All-SEC as a senior. He averaged 9.9 points and 8.1 rebounds per game during his career.

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