Top 100 players in the 100 years of Gator hoops: 61-70


Published: Wednesday, March 2, 2016 at 12:15 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, March 2, 2016 at 1:15 p.m.

Today, we unveil Nos. 61-70 and each day here at Gatorsports.com, we will unveil 10 more with a short Q&A with one of the 10 selections.

No. 70 — Renaldo Garcia

Garcia played from 1988-91 and was a key figure in Florida's first SEC championship team in '89. He led the 1990-'91 team in assists and averaged 9.5 points per game during his career with 79 starts.

No. 69 — Joe Lawrence

Lawrence was Florida's first great 3-point shooter and one he made from the corner in the O-Dome sent Florida to its first NIT Final Four in 1986. He shot 50 percent from beyond the arc for his career and also had 236 career assists.

No. 68 — Casey Prather.

Prather came out of nowhere to score 14 points in Florida's first-round NCAA win over Virginia in 2012, but it was as a senior that he really blew up. Prather led Florida's Final Four team in scoring that year with 13.8 points a game and had 57 points and 24 rebounds in the NCAA Tournament. He was a first-team All-SEC selection that year and led the SEC in field-goal percentage at 60 percent.

No. 67 — Richard Glasper

There are not too many Gator players with a vertical leap like Glasper, who played from 1976-78. Or quicker hands. He was All-SEC in 1978 when he led Florida in steals and assists and is UF's all-time leader in career steals per game.

No. 66 — Mike Rosario

Rosario, a transfer from Rutgers, was one of the best-liked players in the locker room from 2011-13 and led the Gators in scoring and free throw shooting in his senior year. His best game was a 25-point outing in the first round of the NCAA Tournament in '13 when Florida went to the Elite Eight.

No. 65 — Hans Tanzler

Before he became the mayor of Jacksonville, Tanzler was an excellent player from 1946-50. The captain of the '50 team, Tanzler averaged in double figures each year and finished his career with a 12.2 average. He is 35th all-time at UF in total points scored with 1,221.

No. 64 — Vernon Macklin

Macklin transferred in from Georgetown and gave Florida the post presence it needed to get the Gators back into the NCAA Tournament in 2010 and '11. He shot 60 percent for his career and added 55 blocked shots.

No. 63 — Justin Hamilton

A guard who was both savvy at the point and a lockdown defender, Hamilton led the team in assists in 2002 and '03 and in steals in '03. He helped Florida to its first national title game as a freshman and three more NCAA Tournaments.

No. 62 — Lou Merchant

An All-SEC performer during the 1960-91 season, Merchant averaged 17.7 points that season and led the team by making 45 percent of his field goal attempts and 75 percent of his free throw attempts.

No. 61— Marreese Speights

Speights was a sub on the 2007 national championship team and then became a rebounding force the following year before turning pro. He led the 2007-08 team in rebounding and blocked shots and his 66 dunks that season are the most at UF.

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