Scouting Toledo


Here are the projected starting lineups for Florida’s season opener against Toledo on Friday.


Anthony Byrd, 6-1, 165 Sr. – G
Jonathan Amos, 6-4, 220 Sr. – G
Tyrone Kent, 6-5, 210 Sr. – F
Terrance Tubbs, 6-5, 230 R-Fr. – F
Justin Anyijong, 6-9, 205 So. – C


Walter Hodge, 6-0, 170 Sr. – G
Nick Calathes, 6-6, 194 So. – G
Chandler Parsons, 6-9, 213 So. – F
Dan Werner, 6-8, 230 Jr. – F
Alex Tyus, 6-8, 220, So. – C

Size-wise it projects to be a good matchup for Florida. Toledo’s
starting center, for example, is 42 pounds lighter than the starting
center from Rollins. If any flaws were discovered through the first two
exhibitions, it’s that the Gators will have issues rebounding the
basketball, particularly against bigger, more physical teams.

Also in Florida news, Billy Donovan confirmed he received a signed letter of intent from guard Kenny Boynton,
the consensus second-rated shooting guard nationally in the Class of
2009. Donovan is still awaiting letters from forwards Erik Murphy and DeShawn Painter.
Toledo returns three starters including Kent, who led the
Mid-American Conference in scoring last season at 16.9 points per game.

Off the court, Toledo endured a rocky offseason when it was discovered that former player Sammy Villegas
was involved in a point-shaving scheme in 2006. Donovan, of course,
went through a rocky situation in 2001 when former guard Teddy Dupay was suspended and eventually kicked off the team based on allegations that he bet on college sports.

Donovan did not comment specifically about the Toledo situation,
but when asked about making current players aware about the dangers of
gambling, Donovan responded: “That’s really the university. They do a
great job. (Director of Compliance) Jamie McCloskey comes over and talks
to those guys, the NCAA puts in video tapes and things like that so
there are all sorts of different seminars they have for these guys. I
think the NCAA during the NCAA Tournament does a great job. A couple of
years ago when we played in the Final Four they actually had a person
from New York City, basically dealing with the mafia, came in and spoke
to our team, spoke to all teams and she was really incredible talking
about all the different things that were going on. So I think there are
a lot of things the NCAA is doing, the University of Florida is doing.”