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Monday October 14, 2013 Fit to run (and then some): A look at UF basketball players - Before vs After

Updated: 10:12pm, October 14

Preston GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- After a grueling offseason of workouts, each Florida basketball player had to clear one last hurdle before strength and conditioning coach Preston Greene signed off on their participation in the start of practice last week.

A physical and demanding hurdle.

“Five down-and-backs,” Greene explained. “That’s the final exam.”

Doesn’t sound so bad, right.

Five wind sprints. Baseline to baseline. These are college basketball players. Running is what they do. Big deal.

Except those five down-and-backs need to be run in 60 seconds for guards and wings; 62 seconds for post players.

And they need to do it five times each, with two minutes of rest of between.

Greene staged his “final exam” each of the last few Fridays, giving players a chance to knock it out and officially be cleared well before the first practice Oct. 11. Some made it. Some didn’t. Some came close, like freshman point guard Kasey Hill, who hit the last line at 61 seconds.

That was one second over his required time, but surely it was close enough. 

“No,” Greene said. “He had to do it again.”

chartHill made it the next time. In fact, all Gators hit their requirements by the time the first ball was rolled out, including 6-foot-10 junior center/forward Damontre Harris. Due to a run of injuries, the transfer from South Carolina and defensive specialist struggled with conditioning during his sit-out year, but ultimately made some remarkable strides and impressive gains with his body this summer, making him a good sample case for what Greene achieved with his group.

Harris arrived at UF in the summer of 2012 weighing 220 pounds. Of that weight, 190 were  those as lean mass versus 13.7 percent body fat.

Now, 15 months later, Harris checked in at 239 pounds, but 212 was muscle and only 11 percent body fat. So Harris gained 19 pounds, but lost 2.7 percent of his body fat. That was the best among his teammates (check out the Mass vs Body Fat gaines in chart to the right).  

“He did great,” Greene said.

The same could be said for Greene and his staff, including assistant Collin Crane. Greene arrived at Florida in 2011. He believes the 2013-14 team reported for Day 1 of practice in the best shape of any of his three UF teams.

Coach Billy Donovan was pleased.

"They're not in game shape yet, not even close," he said. "But they will be."

For a more visual appreciation of how the Gators have slimmed, carved and buffed their bodies over the course of their time working with Greene, we offer Before & After samples of four of the UF's 13 players below.

[Note: No, we did not include Patric Young. His shoulders get enough pub]

 

CASEY PRATHER (2010)

 Prather1

CASEY PRATHER (2013)

Casey 2

 

DeVON WALKER (2012)

DeVo 1

DeVON WALKER 2013

Devo 2

 

JAKE KURTZ 2011

 Jake 1

JAKE KURTZ 2013

Jake 2

 

DORIAN FINNEY-SMITH 2012

DoeDoe 1

DORIAN FINNEY-SMITH 2013

DoeDoe2

 

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