Allan Chaney is generating interest from several Division I teams since announcing his decision to transfer from Florida two weeks ago.
According to a stroy in TheDay.com, Chaney’s hometown newspaper, Chaney’s family already has visited with Virginia Tech coach Seth Greenberg. Miami is expected to visit with Chaney this week and Penn State has contacted the 6-foot-8, 230-pound forward. Indiana, Rutgers, Providence and Rhode Island also has expressed interested.
Apparently, Chaney’s not completely over how his freshman year at UF unfolded, telling the paper, “I really didn’t enjoy my first year.” Of Florida coach Billy Donovan, Chaney said: “Coach Donovan never gave me a reason why I fell off the basketball earth. Off the court, he’s one of the better persons you would meet. I felt like I could trust him. On the court, my game wasn’t made for his coaching … he just stopped playing me.”
Donovan, meanwhile, said in a recent gathering with reporters he was up front with Chaney about his conditioning issues and his decision to start him in a critical early-season game against Washington. Chaney scored 13 points against All-Pac 10 conference forward Jon Brockman, while allowing Brockman to score 22 points. The Gators still won the game 86-84 in what turned out to be their best win of the season.
“I told him this when he started, it’s not like he earned it,” Donovan said. “We were trying to give him an opportunity to do something. Chandler (Parsons) was struggling a little bit. You try to do different things. It’s not like he went out and was this best player.”
After a lackluster effort in Florida’s following game against UMKC, Chaney returned to the bench and never made it back in the starting lineup.
Chaney also had foot and ankle problems that hampered his development throughout the Southeastern Conference season. By the end of the year, he was suspended after an argument with Florida strength and conditioning coach Matt Herring.
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