It appears that Florida is out of the John Wall sweepstakes.
Wall’s advisor and ex-AAU coach Brian Clifton told SI.com’s Luke Winn that it would be accurate to assume the race is now down to Duke, Kentucky and Miami.
Florida coach Billy Donovan went to great lengths in an attempt to sign the nation’s top overall and top point guard prospect, traveling to Portland with assistant coach Rob Lanier last April and showing Wall tape of how he could benefit from playing in UF’s motion offense. But apparently it wasn’t enough to convince Wall that Florida was the right fit.
That leaves Florida currently with Erving Walker and walk-on Kyle McClanahan as the only two point guards on the roster. That could change if Donovan convinces two-time UF assist king Nick Calathes to come back for his junior season. Donovan told me Wednesday that he’s “letting Nick go through a process.” But a source also confirmed that Donovan had his former mentor, Louisville coach Rick Pitino, call on his behalf in an effort to convince Calathes to stay.
Incoming 2009 guard Kenny Boynton said he intends to work on his point guard skills in an effort to help out next season. Boynton would probably benefit Florida greater as a scorer from the shooting guard position, but has underrated point guard skills and could spell Walker if needed.
Donovan told me that Florida is still “actively recruiting” one or two guards. But with Eric Bledsoe (Kentucky), Rico Pickett (Manhattan) and Wall (undecided) now gone from his wish list, it’s hard to think of anyone left who could provide a significant contribution at the Southeastern Conference level.