Gators still playing waiting game on Hudson

Stokes, Johnson cleared for Summer A workouts


Florida coach Mike White is still unsure whether Jalen Hudson will return for his senior season, but has kept communication lines open with a 6-foot-6 shooting guard.

Hudson, who led UF in scoring at 15.5 points per game last season, has until May 30 to decide whether to stay in school or return for his senior year. He’s already had workouts with the Brooklyn Nets, Atlanta Hawks and Los Angeles Lakers.

“He’s got a workout scheduled for this weekend,” White said. “And he’s continuing to get feedback. I think he’s definitely going to get through this weekend, through at least this one workout that he has, which could end up being two or three by the end of the week, but he definitely wants to go through the workout that he plans to go through on Friday before he makes a decision.”

Hudson took part in Summer A workouts with the Gators this week. So did forwards Chase Johnson and Isaiah Stokes. Johnson has been cleared for full contact after playing just four games last season due to concussion symptoms. Stokes, who red-shirted last season while rehabbing  from torn ACL surgery, has been cleared for halfcourt drills.

“It’s the first time that they’ve competed in a long, long time,” White said.

All nine of UF’s healthy returning scholarship players have taken part in workouts this week. Sophomore center Gorjok Gak, who underwent arthroscopic knee surgery last month, remains sidelined but has began taking shots from a chair. Gak’s timeline to return to full basketball activities is between August and October.

“He’s optimistic and we’re optimistic about his recovery,” White said.

White said he feels comfortable with the state of the coaching staff with the addition of Al Pinkins of Texas Tech, who has been charged to work with UF’s big men. White’s first stab at replacing his long-time assistant from Louisiana Tech and Florida, Dusty May, resulted in former Northwestern assistant coach Armon Gates lasting just three weeks on the job before leaving for Nebraska.

“Turnover is prevalent despite the fact that I haven’t had a lot of it in my short career, amongst staffs is there is, amongst rosters, year in and year out,” White said. “I learned that I lost a really good one in Dusty May … really comfortable right now with where we’re at. I’ve known Coach Pinkins for a long time. I like where we are now presently. I feel like we have three really good assistants.”

FREE THROWS: Former Florida senior point guard Chris Chiozza had a workout with the Washington Wizards this week and has another one scheduled with the Memphis Grizzlies. … The SEC announced that Florida will play at TCU on Jan. 26 in the SEC-Big 12 Challenge game. The Gators are 2-0 all-time against TCU and 4-1 all-time in SEC-Big 12 Challenge games.