Coach: Billy Donovan (16 seasons at Florida 386-158) Overall 421-178, 18 years
2011-12: Record 26-11 overall, 10-6 in SEC (Tie/2nd)
Starters Returning (3) Kenny Boynton, Patric Young, Erik Murphy
Preseason Tournament: Global Sports
Top Non-Conference Games: vs. Georgetown, vs. Marquette, vs. Wisconsin, at Arizona, vs. Kansas State, at Florida State
Transfer Out: Walter Pitchford (Nebraska)
Transfer In : Damontre Harris (South Carolina), Dorian Finney-Smith (Virginia Tech)
Early Departure: Bradley Beal
The Gators had an up and down regular season last year but turned it on at the end of the season and were 4 points away from the final four. The Gators have reached the elite 8 the last two seasons. The Gators do lose 2 of their top 3 scorers but they got news when 2 players decided to come back to school. The Gators bring back 3 starters and all their key reversed; they also bring in a solid recruiting class. Donovan has coached 14 consecutive 20 win seasons.
Leading the way for the Gators will be guard Kenny Boynton (15.9 ppg), who turned down the NBA. Boynton is the returning leader scorer in the SEC. Boynton is just a flat our scorer. He is a great athlete that can drive to the hole and shoot the three. Last season he made 110 threes while shooting 41 %. Don’t be shocked to see Boynton running the point at times he was second on the team in assists last season. Joining him in the backcourt will be former Rutgers transfer Mike Rosario (6.6 ppg). Rosario is ready for a bigger role this season after coming off the bench last year. He should average in double figures this season because he cans score in a variety of ways. Look for Scottie Wibekin (2.2 ppg) to start at point guard for the Gators. He has been the backup point guard the last two seasons. He is a good three pointer shooter shooting 46 % from three last season. The depth here will be inexperienced but talented. Freshman Braxton Ogbueze, Michael Fraizier and Dillion Graham will provide the depth. Ogbueze is a top 50 recruit that should see plenty time at the point this season.
The Gators will have a strong frontcourt led by Patric Young (10.2 ppg), who also turned down the NBA. Young is a physical specimen for the Gators in the paint. He is extremely athletic and a dominant rebounder. He can finish around the basket as he shoot 62 % from the field. Joining him in the frontcourt is Erik Murphy (10.5 ppg). Murphy biggest strength is his shooting ability. He shoot 42 % from three last season. He is extremely skilled for a big; he got a lot tougher last season improving his rebounding. He also led the team in blocked shots. The top option off the bench will be Will Yeguete (4.4 ppg). He is a tough rebounder. Also adding quality depth are Cody Larson (.5 ppg), Casey Prather (2 ppg) and freshman DaVon Walker. This unit will get better next season with the addition of two transfers that are sitting out this season.