Send to KindleBilly Donovan’s Florida squad is like one of those old 33 rpm records – just stuck playing the same tune all day, though it’s not bad music. Florida has gone to the Sweet 16 three straight years in a row and come up empty. Generally speaking, most teams would gladly trade places with Donovan’s charges any day. It’s just when your team has been there, done that, the penchant to want to ascend further is always there.
“I’ve been fortunate to be there as a player and several times as a coach,” said Donovan, “I’ve experienced the Final Four enough. I want our program to continue to experience it and our players.”
Billy Donovan nabbed a pair of 5-star players who should help Florida right away in the upcoming season. (Credit: Jim Burgess/University of Florida Athletics Communications)
Donovan, 31-11 in the NCAA Tournament in his career, has only two signings, but they are 5-star ballers in in Kasey Hill and Chris Walker. He loses Kenny Boynton, Erik Murphy, and Mike Rosario as savvy seniors which pushed this team forward.
Hill as the No. 2 point guard in the nation and Walker as the No. 2 power forward should mesh well with Scottie Wilbekin, Will Yeguete, and Casey Prather. There is also Michael Frazier who played key roles off the bench.
Hill led Monteverde Academy to a 27-2 record as the key win was a 77-71 win over Oak Hill Academy in April. The 6-0, 170-lb. point guard is known as a speedster and seems at best when working off the dribble in the full or half court.
Walker at 6-10, 205, of Holmes County (Fla.) High School is looking to put some weight on and get more physical. He is a high-flyer in the lane with a consistent three-point shot. His versatility and athleticism are two reasons why he has been rated the No. 1 power forward in some recruiting circles.
Donovan also gets Rutgers’ Eli Carter after the Mike Rice fiasco with the Scarlet Knights. Carter will bring more depth and leadership to the squad. Rosario, a fellow, RU transfer was a good pick up and Carter seems to be in the same category.
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