Florida men's basketball head coach Billy Donovan on Tuesday said things aren't exactly going as planned as the team practices towards its season opener in November. Among the topics he discussed were injuries, which there are plenty of on the Florida team. Donovan talks about the myriad of ailments Florida is dealing with at this time.
While there have only been a handful of practices thus far, Donovan said he's not impressed by what he's seen early on. This year's edition of Gator basketball is struggling defensively according to Donovan; Billy D said they look much worse than last year's team which lost to Michigan in the Elite 8.
Last season's squad is the third consecutive Florida men's basketball to lose in the Elite 8. Florida lost a big lead to Butler late in 2011's Elite 8, did the same against Louisville in 2012, and were run out of the building by now-Utah-Jazz guard Trey Burke, current New York Knickerbocker Tim Hardaway Jr. and the Michigan Wolverines this past spring. Gone from last year's team are swingman Mike Rosario, guard Kenny Boynton, and big man Erik Murphy, who was drafted by the Chicago Bulls and will join former Gator Joakim Noah.
New additions to Florida include McDonald's High School All-American Kasey Hill, and Donovan says Hill is progressing well for a freshman. Florida also has three transfers now eligible this year, forward Dorian Finney-Smith is one of them. The man they call Do-Do played one season at Virginia Tech before joining the Orange and Blue and Donovan says his raw ability is good but his motor needs some work.
Florida meets Florida Southern in an exhibition November 1 before taking on UNF in their official season opener on November 8th.