White high on Gators offensively

"I expect us to be just as good as last year, maybe a little different kind of team," UF coach Mike White said at Tuesday's media day. [File]

Florida coach Mike White said he feels like the Gators have a chance to be better offensively this season, but may take a step back defensively.

White spoke for about 30 minutes at Florida basketball media day on campus Tuesday afternoon. The Gators open practice Thursday.

“I think we can be better offensively,” White said. “I’m not sure we’re going to be as good defensively, but we’re going to strive for that every day.”

The Gators return three starters and seven players overall from a team that finished 27-9 and reached the Elite Eight for the fifth time in the last seven seasons. Florida is ranked as high as eighth in the country coming into the season in some preseason publications.

White said junior center John Egbunu and freshman center Isaiah Stokes are on track to return from rehab from torn ACL surgeries in January, but said Stokes could be red-shirted this season due to UF’s frontcourt depth.

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