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Billy Donovan addresses question marks
Posted By HOOPSWORLD On August 22, 2013 @ 7:19 pm In Wirenews | Comments Disabled
by Nicole Auerbach , USA TODAY Sports
On paper, Billy Donovan has one of the most talented and deepest teams out of anyone in college basketball this season.
“It looks that way, but to be honest with you it’s really not that way,” Donovan told USA TODAY Sports Thursday evening.
Here’s why Donovan is uncertain.
Five-star signee Chris Walker is not currently enrolled in fall classes at Florida and is not listed on Florida’s 2013-14 roster on the school’s athletic site. At this point, it seems unlikely that he will enroll before Tuesday’s add/drop deadline. Indications are that the more likely (and Florida’s best-case) scenario is Walker finishing up the academic work he needs to in order to meet NCAA eligibility requirements this fall. If he gains his initial eligibility, the 6-10 forward would enroll at Florida in December.
Donovan has said he’s not rushed Walker through this process and that Walker wants to be at Florida, “however long that takes.” Donovan declined further comment on Walker.
Even if Walker can’t play right away, the Gators should have enough depth in the frontcourt to win without him. The Gators have a pair of seniors – Patric Young (10.1 ppg, 6.3 rpg) and Casey Prather (6.2 ppg, 3.7 rpg) – as well as two transfers now eligible to play: Dorian Finney-Smith from Virginia Tech and Damontre Harris from South Carolina.
The backcourt is a little more up in the air, aside from freshman Kasey Hill, a McDonald’s All-American point guard.
Senior point guard Scottie Wilbekin remains suspended indefinitely after he violated team rules earlier this summer. Wilbekin averaged 9.1 points and 5.0 assists last year, and this is his second suspension in a year.
“I do expect him to play,” Donovan said Thursday. “Obviously, he was suspended for the summer. He’s still suspended right now. He’s not part of our team. I do believe he will play, provided he does all of the things we’ve been asking him to do. He’s been really, really good up until this point in time.
“He’s very, very remorseful, and I think he’s disappointed in himself and letting the team down. Right now, he’s got to show and prove that … [For more on Billy Donovan addresses Chris Walker, Florida's question marks, click here.]
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