Media day nuggets


— Florida coach Billy Donovan said that so far no red flags have been raised in the NCAA attempting to clear Israeli freshman point guard Nimrod Tishman. Tishman was not made available at media day. “If he was a kid that signed back in November of last year I think it would have been done by now knowing whether he is eligible to play,” Donovan said. “But this ruling will come down well before our first game (Nov. 15 against Stetson) so we’ll know something before that.”

— Donovan also said he doesn’t expect the 6-5, 182-pound Tishman, to be a major contributor this season. Tishman averaged 18.3 points, four rebounds and 2.3 assists at the Under-18 European Championships for Team Israel over the summer. “I do feel like he can come in and play for a few minutes and provide us the relief we need,” Donovan said.

— Redshirt sophomore Adam Allen has been cleared do some light running but will not take part in Florida’s first practice Friday. Allen has had multiple surgeries on his left  knee and has degenerated so much cartilage that it’s become a bone-on-bone injury. “There’s a chance I might not be able to play again at this level,” Allen said. “It’s not the end of the world if I can’t play again. I’m disappointed about it. My family is disappointed but you know they know I’m getting a good education.”

— Donovan created a stir in the press conference when he said he “didn’t necessarily” look at departed point guard Nick Calathes as a leader. Donovan was answering a question about what players he expected to replace Calathes in late-game situations. Later, Donovan attempted to soften the shot by saying that Calathes was Florida’s best conditioned player last season and had the best ability to fight through fatigue.

– Donovan said that sophomore guard Ray Shipman is in better shape and could be a big x-factor for the Gators this season. Shipman lost 16 pounds this offseason and is maturing. “It would give us great versatility in our backcourt if he can fill his role of what we need him to do,” Donovan said. “He came in last year with too much focus on being a scorer and not enough on being a defender.”

— Donovan is on the cover of this year’s media guide with UF’s three upperclassmen — senior Dan Werner, junior Alex Tyus and junior Chandler Parsons. Sophomore point guard Erving Walker is on the back cover of the media guide with Shipman, Allen and sophomore center Kenny Kadji.