Numbers game


To some, the numbers don’t add up.

Florida has 14 players to offer 13 men’s basketball scholarships in 2008 after signing five new players to letters of intent Tuesday.

But Florida coach Billy Donovan has been around long enough to know how quickly things can change in college basketball.

None of Donovan’s current nine scholarship players are seniors, but to expect them all to stay is pie-in-the-sky thinking.

“I don’t think we’ve even had 13 scholarship guys since I’ve been here,” said Donovan, in his 12th year at Florida. “So many things can change. Who knew (Anthony) Roberson and (Matt) Walsh were going to leave after their junior year? Who knew that Ryan Appleby would only spend one year here and leave as a freshmen, or that Mohamed Abukar would leave?

“I think as coaches now, we have to do that in order to protect ourselves, because there is so much uncertainty. To be honest, I’d be surprised if we’ll even have 13 guys on scholarship next season.”