Media Day notes


Some talking points from Florida basketball media day:
* Florida sophomore point guard Nick Calathes has been held out
of contact in individual drills for the past five weeks due to a groin
injury. Calathes said he’s “95 percent” and said he expects to be ready
in time for the season opener Nov. 14 against Toledo.
* Florida coach Billy Donovan said he anticipates replacing
departed center Marreese Speights by committee. “We certainly have a
lot more depth there than a year ago, a lot more options,” said
Donovan, referring to freshmen Eloy Vargas, Kenny Kadji, sophomore Alex
Tyus and junior Dan Werner. “But I don’t know how much the freshmen are
going to grasp and pick things up. They’ve been pretty good so far. You
would like for one guy to emerge, head and shoulders above the rest,
but so far that hasn’t happened.”

* Vargas, coming off ankle surgery last June, has only practiced
the past two weeks, “Conditioning-wise, he has a ways to go, but I
think he’s going to get there,” Donovan said.

* Donovan said he expects the 3-point line moving back six inches
(from 19 feet, 9 inches to 20 feet, 6 inches) to have a big impact on
the college game. “I think the national average from the 3-point line
the percentage is going to go down. I’ve noticed watching our guys
shoot, it’s definitely a deeper shot. … It’s going to make a big
difference. How we combat that is going to be important. Who is taking
3s. When they are taking 3s. The timing of 3-point shots. How we are
going to go about defending the 3-point line. I think all those things
become very important.”