Media Day Notebook: Newbauer 'Building,' Johnson returning, Freshmen Learning, etc.
GAINESVILLE, Fla. — This time a year ago, Cam Newbauer was about to enter his first fall as Florida women’s basketball coach and his program was undergoing a complete overhaul of, in some instances, personnel, but also of culture. The Gators went on to finish 11-13 and won just three Southeastern Conference games.
On Tuesday, Newbauer, his staff and players posed for their 2018-19 photo to tip-off the team’s annual media day. Nearly 18 months since taking the job, Newbauer was asked where the program stood in Year 2 of its rebuild.
“We say ‘build,’ not rebuild,” Newbauer said. And we feel great about the build.”
Fifth-year senior Funda Nakkasoglu talks to GatorVision during basketball media day. So, what’s different?
“Well, it’s a completely different team,” fifth-year senior guard Funda Nakkasoglu said. “So, they’re a lot of differences.”
Asked and answered. And the latter starts with personnel.
When the Gators convene for their first official fall practice Friday, they’ll do so with two returning starters, and just three players (one a walk-on) that got on the court last season. Going to Exactech Arena/O’Connell Center for a game this year? Bring a roster. After Nakkasoglu, the leading scorer at 14.9 points per game, and junior wing Delicia