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Florida coach Billy Donovan said that DeShawn Painter’s decision to opt out of his letter of intent to UF came down to playing time.

Painter wound up at North Carolina State and will get a chance to face the Gators on Sunday. The 6-foot-9, 213-pound Painter is averaging 1.8 points and 1.8 rebounds in 8.3 minutes per game in his freshman season fopr the Wolfpack. He has six blocked shots and 10 of his 15 rebounds have been offensive rebounds.

“DeShawn is a great kid,” Donovan said. “I love him. I talk to him. One of the things with our frontcourt at the time was we had a tremendous amount of depth, before losing (Eloy) Vargas and having Kenny (Kadji) go down with a back injury.

“The one thing you want to do is try to give a kid every opportunity to play and because of some older guys ahead of him DeShawn probably wasn’t going to get that opportunity. He’s getting an opportunity at N.C. State and he’s playing well. I’m happy for him.”

Painter told the Sun last May that playing time factored into his decision to ask out of his letter of intent.