Top 100 players in the 100 years of Gator hoops: 51-60


Published: Thursday, March 3, 2016 at 12:00 p.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, March 3, 2016 at 11:43 a.m.

Today, we unveil Nos. 51-60 and each day here at Gatorsports.com, we will unveil 10 more with a short Q&A with one of the 10 selections.

No. 60 — Chris Richard

How can a guy with four starts in his career be this high up on the list? Richard did exactly what Florida needed him to do as he helped the Gators win back-to-back national titles. His field-goal percentages of 69.8 and 69.0 those two seasons are the second and third best at UF. He could have started almost anywhere.

No. 59 — Jim Zinn

Zinn was a rebounding machine from 1955-58. He is tied for the most rebounds in a game in Florida history with 31 against Ole Miss in ’57 and he has the second and third best rebounding seasons for UF.

No. 58 — Kenyan Weaks

Weaks is Florida’s all-time leader in career 3-point percentage at 51 percent. He averaged 12.7 points a game and is 32nd all-time in scoring. He also led Florida in steals in 1998-99.

No. 57 — Alex Tyus

Tyus started 106 games and finished with 1,333 points while helping Florida back to the NCAA Tournament in 2010 and into the Elite Eight the following year. In a Sweet 16 game against BYU, he had 19 points and 17 rebounds. Tyus is ninth all-time in blocked shots and fourth in dunks.

No. 56 — Michael Frazier II

Frazier II was a starter on Florida’s most recent Final Four team and is the UF all-time leader in 3-point shots made. He averaged 12.4 points as a sophomore on that Final Four team and finished his career making 85.4 percent of his free-throw attempts.

No. 55 — Sonny Powell

Powell was a third-team All-SEC selection in 1955. He averaged 15.5 ppg as a junior and 16.1 as a senior on his way to 1,109 points as a Gator. He is fourth all-time at UF in career free throws made.

No. 54 — Al Bonner

Bonner was a strong forward from Pensacola who scored 1,157 points in his career and led the SEC in free-throw shooting in 1976-77. As a junior, Bonner averaged 15.0 points and 5.5 rebounds a game and finished his career shooting 52 percent from the field and 80 percent from the free-throw line.

No. 53 — Harry Hamilton

Hamilton was a Gainesville kid who once scored 32 points in a game against Florida Southern. He ranks 45th all-time in scoring at UF with 1,102 points and averaged 16.5 points and 5.8 rebounds in his senior season (1950-51) when he was third-team All-SEC.

No. 52 — Gene Shy

Shy ranks ninth all-time at UF in points scored with 1,575. He averaged in double figures in each of his four seasons with a best of 17.8 as a sophomore. He was twice an All-SEC third-team selection.

No. 51 — Eddie Shannon

Despite having a prosthetic eye, Shannon helped Florida get things headed in the right direction in coach Billy Donovan’s early years. He started for four straight seasons, leading the team in steals in three of those seasons. He was in double-figures scoring 59 times and is third all-time at UF in assists per game.

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