More Ocala tidbits


More tidbits from Florida coach Billy Donovan’s speaking engagement in Ocala last week.

— Donovan said his two biggest concerns heading into the season are unrealistic expectations surrounding incoming freshman McDonald’s All American guard Kenny Boynton, and junior center Vernon Macklin, a transfer from Georgetown: “If Vernon was this dominant center, he would still be at Georgetown. Kenny has had tremendous success in high school, but he’s moving up another level.”

— Florida strength and conditioning coach Matt Herring said that sophomore center Kenny Kadji had a good offseason of conditioning. “Vern (Macklin) was pushing him pretty hard,” Herring said. Getting up and down the court in Florida’s up-tempo style was an issue for the 6-foot-10 Kadji last season.

— Congrats to long-time Florida staff member Darren Herz and his wife, Julie. The couple are expecting their first child in mid-February.


  1. Freshman are now more mature and can contribute much faster to the success of the team. Even take on lead roles. Why not start with high expectations for Kenny and then adjust rather then the other way around.