Following an undefeated gold medal stint as the head coach of the USA Under 19 team at the FIBA World Championships, Florida’s Billy Donovan returned to Gainesville. Florida rising sophomore guard Michael Frazier II was part of the team, and Donovan says the performance of his young sharpshooter improved as the tournament progressed.
Frazier averaged 6.7 points and 3.1 rebounds for Team USA, appearing in all nine games to go along with one start in the quarterfinal victory over Canada. Following last summer’s 5-0 gold medal performance at the FIBA U18 Americas, Billy Donovan now holds a 14-0 record in international competition with two gold medals. Donovan will now turn his attention to recruiting and preparing his Florida squad for the upcoming season.
There are still question marks for the Gators roster heading in to the 2013-14 season, involving both the suspension of senior point guard Scottie Wilbekin and the eligibility of incoming freshman Chris Walker.
Wilbekin was suspended indefinitely from the team in early June for undisclosed reasons. Florida is also still waiting to hear from transfer Eli Carter. Carter is currently enrolled at UF, but has yet to file his appeal with Rutgers that would allow him to play immediately for the Gators. Once he does file the appeal, the decision will be up to Rutgers and the NCAA.