Florida swingman Deaundrae Ballard endured an up-and-down freshman year and played sparingly in the second half of the season.
But Florida coach Mike White still has high hopes for the 6-foot-5, four-star prospect from Atlanta.
“He is a wildcard,” White said at his end of the season press conference on Wednesdy. “That’s an interesting one … I am completely up in the air of what to do offensively and he is a guy that potentially could flourish as much as anybody with a change.”
Ballard began his college career with a bang, scoring in double figures in three of his first four games. But when issues with defensive positioning surfaced, Ballard’s role with UF diminished. He also hit a shooting slump in the second half of the season, making just 5 of his last 25 shots from the floor while missing his final nine 3-point attempts.
For the season, Ballard averaged 3.8 points, shooting 38.4 percent from the floor and 15.6 percent (5-32) from 3-point range. His best SEC game came on Jan. 2 against Texas A&M, when he finished with 8 points and 3 assists in 19 minutes off the bench.