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Marreese Speights

F/C

Height
6' 10"
CLASS
So.
Hometown
St. Petersburg, Fla.
Weight
250 lbs.
Experience
1L
School
Hargrove Military Academy

One of the most promising big men in the Southeastern Conference, he can finish, rebound and pass effectively out of the post… Tremendous natural athletic ability and a long wingspan that  has helped him develop into another great shot-blocker, much like the Gators have had in recent years with Al Horford, Joakim Noah and David Lee...Had a tremendous sophomore season, averaging 14.5 points per game (second on UF) and a team-high 8.1 rebounds per game…Started all 36 games and saw his minutes per game, points and rebounds per game all increase as the season developed…Set a UF freshman record by hitting 67.1 percent from the floor and had a career-high 16 points in the NCAA Tournament opener vs. Jackson State in 2006-07...

AS A SOPHOMORE 2007-08: Second on UF in scoring at 14.5 points per game, while leading the squad with 8.1 rebounds per contest…Hit 62.4 percent from the floor and blocked 49 shots…Got his 14.5 points per game in just 24.3 minutes per contest…Over the final nine games of the season he truly flourished, averaging 17.0 points and 8.9 rebounds per game while hitting 64.6 percent of his shots (and in 27.7 minutes per game)…Was tremendous in the Gators’ semifinal loss against UMass, scoring 16 points and pulling down a career-high 18 rebounds…Led UF in scoring 15 times on the year and in rebounding 21 times…Was in double-figures in 31 of 36 games with nine 20-point games…Had a team-high 10 double-doubles on the year (12 for his career) and scored in double-figures the final 13 games of the season…Led the Gators in scoring during the exhibition season, averaging 20.0 points per contest and slapping six blocks in two games ... Came two rebounds short of recording a double-double in his first career start in the season-opener against North Dakota State, snagging eight rebounds to go along with his 10 points .... Matched a career-high with a team-high 16 points, shooting 7-of-10 from the field and swatting two blocks against Tennessee Tech ... Made a career-high nine field-goals in the North Carolina Central contest, scoring 19 points on 9-of-10 (.900) shooting ... Posted a double-double in the win over Rutgers, scoring a team-high 18 points while grabbing 12 rebounds ... Recorded his second-straight double-double in the win over North Florida, scoring 20 points while matching a career clip of 12 rebounds, in 16 minutes ... Accounted for a team-high six rebounds and a block against Florida State ... Served as the Gators’ leading scorer against Stetson, posting 15 points to go along with six rebounds, four blocks and two steals ... Tallied 15 points and seven rebounds in the win over Vermont ... Registered 16 points and seven rebounds, to go along with three blocks, in the win over Jacksonville ... Recorded 10 points and rebounds for a double-double in the win over Florida A&M ... Recorded five points and six rebounds in the win over Georgia Southern ... Returned to double-figures for scoring, tacking on 14 points against Charleston Southern ... Pulled down seven rebounds while leading Florida with 12 points against Ohio State ... Matched his then-career-high for points with 20 in the win over Temple ... Set career highs in points (24), rebounds (15), field goals (10) and minutes played (31) in the win over High Point ... His 24-point, 15-rebound effort against HPU marked his fourth double-double of the campaign ... Helped out with six points and seven boards in the win over Alabama in Tuscaloosa ... Scored 14 points and ripped down a team-high eight rebounds in the home win over Auburn ... Netted four points and registered seven boards at Mississippi ... Registered his fourth 20-point game of the campaign in the home win over Kentucky, finishing with 20 points and eight rebounds in addition to a career-high-tying four blocks ... Carried the Gators to their road win over South Carolina, hitting 10-of-13 shots to finish with 22 points and 13 rebounds ... The effort marked his fifth 20-point game and fifth double-double of the year ... Finished two boards shy of a double-double with 12 points and eight rebounds against Vaderbilt at the O’Connell Center ... Added two blocks and contributed eight points during Florida’s 34-6 run in the first half versus Vandy ... Scored 12 points and recorded five rebounds at Arkansas ... Turned in a solid effort at Tennessee and finished a point shy of career high with 23 points on 8-of-12 shooting ... Connected on a career-high 7-of-8 free throws in a career-best 33 minutes ... Also pulled down three boards and blocked three shots in Knoxville ... Posted six points, 10 boards and a trio of blocks in the home victory over Georgia ... Grabbed eight boards and  added 11 points against LSU ... Finished with 11 points on 5-of-6 from the field and added three rebounds and two blocks at Vanderbilt ... Notched his sixth double-double of the season with 10 points and a game-high 10 boards in home win over South Carolina ... Provided two thunderous dunks against the Gamecocks and finished 5-of-7 from the field ... Recorded his second straight double-double with 15 points and 10 rebounds at Georgia ... Also blocked two shots in road win versus the Bulldogs ... Registered a game-high 20 points and added 10 boards for his third straight double-double against Mississippi State ... Was a perfect 8-of-8 from the field with 21 points, seven rebounds and three blocks versus Tennessee ... Turned in a game-high 20 points on 8-of-11 shooting with eight rebounds at Kentucky ...Sparked a second-half comeback in the SEC Tournament against Alabama and finished with 15 points and seven rebounds ... Scored 14 of his team-high 18 points in the second half to lead the Gators to a victory over San Diego State in the first round of the MasterCard NIT ... Poured in 14 points, grabbed four rebounds and tied his career high with three assists in the second-round NIT victory over Creighton ... Tallied 14 points and pulled down a game-high 10 rebounds for a double-double in NIT quarterfinal win at Arizona State ... Collected another double-double with 16 points and a career-best 18 rebounds in NIT semifinal against UMass.

AS A FRESHMAN 2006-07: Extremely productive during his freshman year when called upon, he averaged 4.1 points and 2.6 rebounds in 5.7 minutes per game, by far the highest points per minute ratio of anyone on the Gator roster…Third on the team with 15 blocked shots…Came up with a career-high 16 points in the NCAA Tournament opening round against Jackson State, hitting 7-of-10 shots…Hit 67.1 percent, a UF freshman record for field goal percentage, besting Chris Richard’s previous mark of 60.5 percent in 2003-04…Made his collegiate debut in the season-opening win over Samford, scoring two points and blocking a shot in three minutes...Netted eight points on 4-of-6 shooting, and grabbed eight rebounds, in 10 minutes against North Florida...Scored four points and swatted a shot in eight minutes versus Jacksonville...Pulled down a career-high six rebounds to go along with his six points in the win over Chattanooga...Registered his first career double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds in the win over Prairie View, becoming the first UF freshman to accomplish the feat since Al Horford did so on Feb. 5, 2005 against Alabama...Had five points, two rebounds and a career-high two blocks versus Western Kentucky...Grabbed a pair of rebounds in the Kansas game...Turned in his second career double-double in the win over Southern, finishing with 12 points and a career-best 12 rebounds, along with a personal-best three blocks...Knocked down 2-of-3 shots, for five points, and grabbed two rebounds against Florida State...Had eight points, five boards, two blocks and two steals in the victory over FAMU...Scored eight points on 4-of-5 shooting and blocked a shot against Stetson...Played one minute in the win over Ohio State...Tallied eight points, seven rebounds and a blocked shot in just seven minutes of action versus Liberty...Recorded a steal in three minutes of work against Georgia in the SEC opener...Posted four points, five rebounds and a block in 10 minutes of action in the win over Arkansas...Scored four points and grabbed a rebound in the South Carolina game...Saw two mintues of action against Ole Miss, scoring two points and bringing down a rebound...Saw two minutes of action against Mississippi State...Scored three points and grabbed a rebound in four minutes versus Auburn...Finished with four points and a rebound in three minutes against Vanderbilt...Scored two points and grabbed a pair of rebounds in two minutes of action versus Tennessee...Tallied two points and a rebound in the win over Georgia in Athens...Came off the bench with 7:15 left in the first half against Alabama and sparked an 8-2 run, contributed eight points on 4-of-4 shooting in just five minutes...Chipped in two points and one rebound in two minutes of play at Vanderbilt...Had two points and two rebounds in the LSU game...Contributed two points and a pair of boards at Tennessee...Played one minute versus Kentucky...Played three minutes against Georgia in the SEC Tournament...Saw a minute of action in the win over Ole Miss...Grabbed six boards in just five minutes against Arkansas in the championship game of the SEC Tournament...Hit for a then-career-best 16 points and ripped down six rebounds versus Jackson State in New Orleans...Also set then-career highs for field goals (seven) and field goal attempts (10) in the victory...Came up with two points and a steal in three minutes versus Purdue in the second round of the NCAA Tournament...Chipped in with two points and a pair of rebounds against Ohio State in the national championship game…

PREP: Played his senior year at Hargrave Military Academy (Va.) after attending Admiral Farragut in St. Petersburg, Fla. his junior year and at Gibbs High School prior to that…Averaged 17.9 points, 10.3 rebounds and 2.3 assists per game at Hargrave Military Academy in his one season there…Ranked as the No. 51 overall prospect by Rivals and one of the top 15 power forwards…Born August 4, 1987.

Marreese Speights's Career Statistics
Year GP-GS MP FGM-FGA PCT. 3PT-ATT PCT. FT-FTA PCT. REB
2006-07 33-0 189 57-85 .671 0-0 .000 20-30 .667 86

2007-08 

36-36 874 216-346 .624 0-0 .000 90-130 .692 290
Totals 69-36 1063 273-431 .633 0-0 .000 110-165 .667 376
Year AVG. A TO BS ST PF-DQ TP AV.  
2006-07 2.6 2 17 15 8 38-0 134 4.2  
2007-08 8.1 34 62 49 15 82-1 522 14.5  
Totals 5.4 36 79 64 23 120-1 656 9.5  
 
Marreese Speights's NCAA Statistics
Year GP-GS MP FGM-FGA PCT. 3PT-ATT PCT. FT-FTA PCT. REB
2006-07 3-0 19 8-13 .615 0-0 .000 4-6 .667 8
Totals 3-0 19 8-13 .615 0-0 .000 4-6 .667 8
Year AVG. A TO BS ST PF-DQ TP AV  
2006-07 2.7 0 1 1 1 6-0 20 6.7  
Totals 2.7 0 1 1 1 6-0 20 6.7  

Points
Season 24, vs. High Point (1/2/08)
Career 24, vs. High Point (1/2/08)
Rebounds
Season 18, vs. UMass (4/1/08)
Career 18, vs. UMass (4/1/08)
Field Goals
Season 10, 2x, last vs. So. Carolina (1/23/08)
Career 10, 2x, last vs. So. Carolina (1/23/08)
Field Goal Attempts
Season 15, 2x, last vs. Miss. State (3/1/08)
Career 15, 2x, last vs. Miss. State (3/1/08)
3-Point FGs
Season None
Career None
3-Point FG Attempts
Season None
Career None
Free Throws
Season 7, at Tennessee (2/5/08)
Career 7, at Tennessee (2/5/08)
Free Throw Attempts
Season 8, 3x, last at UT (2/5/08)
Career 8, 3x, last at UT (2/5/08)
Assists
Season 3, 2x, last vs. Creighton (3/21/08)
Career 3, 2x, last vs. Creighton (3/21/08)
Steals
Season 2, 3x, last vs. Auburn (1/12/08)
Career 3, vs. Prair. View (11/21/06)
Blocked Shots
Season 4, 2x, last vs. UK (1/19/08)
Career 4, 2x, last vs. UK (1/19/08)
Minutes Played
Season 33, at Tennessee (2/5/08)
Career 33, at Tennessee (2/5/08)
Career 4, vs. Southern (11/28/06)

Misc. Stats 07-08 Career
Times led UF in scoring 15 16
Times led UF in Rebs. 21 23
Times led UF in Assists 0 0
Double figure scoring 31 33
Double figure reb. games 11 13
Double Doubles 10 12
Dunks 66 79
Charges Drawn 16 16
First off the Bench 0 0
Scored UF's First Pts. 12 12
Three Point Plays 10-19 10-19
Final Three Minutes from Line 9-12 13-17

 

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