Preseason observations


Some thoughts after Florida wrapped up its exhibition schedule with a 104-53 win over Webber International.

— Freshman Kenny Boynton should make up for the scoring lost from the departure of Nick Calathes. Boynton not only was Florida’s top scorer in the preseason (23.5 ppg) but has been efficient as well (13-25 from the field, 10-17 from 3-point range). “I think Kenny has so far shown a pretty good understanding of what’s a good shot and what’s a bad shot,” Florida coach Billy Donovan said.

– Florida has a nice pressing lineup when Ray Shipman, Erving Walker and Boynton are on the floor at the same time. Shipman is figuring out his role as a defender and a scorer close to the basket. If Shipman can carry that energy into the regular season, it will be a huge asset for the Gators this season.

– Freshman Erik Murphy is the best of Florida’s three center-by-committee approach. The only problem is that Murphy (6-9, 217 pounds) doesn’t have the ideal size to bang  in Southeastern Conference play. But  the alternatives have yet to play to their potential.  Starting center Vernon Macklin had a bewildering second straight off night which included as many turnovers (3) as rebounds (3). Macklin also has lacked touch around the basket and often gets caught out of position on defense. Sophomore Kenny Kadji has been inconsistent as well. Most of the 11 points he scored Monday against Webber International came in garbage time. Also, Kadji has drawn an alarming seven fouls in 33 preseason minutes. He’s playing with a little more energy, but will need to harness that once the regular season begins.


  1. Kevin great job on the blog, love your updates. Agree with your early season assessments. I think Murphy is a little bigger than what he is listed at, both height and weight, and he has been playing the best and most consistent of the center trio. Sunday should be fun.