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Friday November 9, 2012 "Shoot-around Under the Sun" in pictures

Updated: 3:28pm, November 9

MAYPORT, Fla. -- The shoot-around at sunset Thursday night was something to behold.

Billy Donovan and his Florida basketball team took to the floor on the deck of the USS Bataan and went through a short workout of layup lines and jumpshots to get a feel for what the environment will be like when the No. 10 Gators face Georgetown tonight in the intimate makeshift arena before about 3,500 fans in the Navy/Marine Corps Classic at Naval Station Mayport.

The scenery was stunning and spectacular.

And so was this afternoon's mid-day walk-through on the sun-splashed court, but in a different way.

Unlike last night's workout, which was open to the media, this was an actual practice in blinding conditions. Coaches and players easily could have been issued sunglasses and sun screen for the hour-long practice when Donovan and his staff toyed with a variety of lineups as the team attempts to adjust to the unexpected roster changes -- Casey Prather's concusssion and Scottie Wilbekin's suspension -- of the last few days.

I sent out most of these photos on my Twitter account -- @GatorZoneChris -- but in case you missed them, here's some images from the shoot-around under the scene.


Gators arrive at the base. That's freshman Michael Frazier just off the bus.



Managers take practice equipment onto the ship. Those are bleachers at the top of the photo, about 8 stories high.



Assistant coach John Pelphrey and his father survey the base from the deck.



No choppers (or Harrier jets, either) landed during the walk-through, in case anyone was wondering.



This should give you an idea of what the wind is like on deck. Take note, Kenny Boynton and Erik Murphy.



Layup lines. Check out those shadows.



Coach surveying his troops.


From the top seat of the bleachers. Windier up there than on the floor. Way windier.



Closest thing to a lounge chair.



Working on sets.



Pat Young was sweating profusely. Tonight with temperatures perhaps dipping into the 40s? We'll see.



I told Billy to run the "picket fence."



Get up, Pat!



Post-practice prayer (done after each without fail).



DeVon Walker and Michael Frazier say "thank you."


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