GAINESVILLE, Fla. — In racking his brain for a common theme to brushstroke his second Florida basketball squad, Cam Newbauer wanted to find the right word or phrase to label this group of Gators’ diverse origins, and at the same time pay homage to the way his players have embraced this UF makeover via an impressive work ethic. 

“I’m trying to describe them … and I hate to use a word like ‘misfits,’ but … ,” Newbauer said. 

The hesitation was understood, but there’s a connotation there that is easily misconstrued. It can also be a term of endearment. After all, more than half of the players on the 2018-19 roster went somewhere else first and then went looking for something better. 
  Cam Newbauer

Now, they’re here. 

That’s a testament to Newbauer and what he is building. 

UF has 12 players on the roster and seven of them are transfers. There are three freshmen, each of them have come from west of the Rockies. There are just three in-state products, one of them a walk-on. Four come from other countries. 

Maybe instead of “misfits,” let’s refer to them as eclectic adventure-seekers who share the same vision as the one who brought them here. 

“Coach Cam expects the

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