Calathes: “I’m a Gator right now”


Like every other Florida basketball fan, incoming 2007 freshman Nick Calathes is anxious about the future of Florida coach Billy Donovan.

After guiding Florida to its second straight Final Four and third Final
Four in seven seasons, Donovan is rumored to be Kentucky’s top choice to replace the recently departed Tubby Smith.

Calathes accepted a verbal scholarship offer from Donovan as a sophomore in high school and signed a letter of intent to play at Florida last November. The 6-foot-5 guard from Lake Howell High, considered one of the top point guard prospects in the nation, was selected to play in Wednesday night’s McDonald’s All-American game in Louisville, Ky.

“Everyone keeps coming up to me and saying “are you going to be at Kentucky, are going to be at Florida? If he goes, what are you going to do?” Calathes said Tuesday from Louisville. “I’m a Florida Gator right now. I’ve always wanted to be and I can’t wait to get to Gainesville next summer. And if something did happen, after the championship game, we’ll talk about it.”

Under NCAA Division I rules, Calathes can be granted a release from his letter of intent if there’s a coaching change at Florida. Florida freshman forward Dan Werner was granted a release from his letter of intent at North Carolina State when former coach Herb Sendek left for Arizona State last April.