Florida senior Dan Werner will be honored before Tuesday night’s regular-season home finale against Vanderbilt as part of Senior Day festivities.
The timing is somewhat awkward, considering Werner failed to pull the trigger on a shot in the closing seconds of a critical 78-76 loss last Saturday at Georgia. Werner instead attempted a pass to center Vernon Macklin underneath the basket that was knocked out of bounds with 0.1 seconds remaining. Had the pass made it through, it was still unclear if Macklin would have had enough time to get the shot up.
Werner addressed the media Monday.
“As far as the last play, it happened so fast,” Werner said. “When I got the ball, I thought there was a little more time left. I really didn’t know how much time was left and I was about to shoot it and I saw Vernon’s man run out. I see my teammate wide open under the basket, I’m going to pass it. Obviously, if I had it to do over again, I would shoot it. You can’t change that. You just worry about Vanderbilt.”
Asked if he was afraid to shoot the ball due to his career-long perimeter struggles, Werner responded: “Not at all. When I am out there I am cognisant of stuff and I take into account score, time, what other teams are doing. If they are on a run, I’m not going to come down there, catch the ball with 30 seconds on the shot clock and bomb one up. I’m always thinking about that stuff. It has nothing to do about being afraid of shooting it. It’s just maybe not what’s best for the team at the time.”
Werner also said he’s been seeing a sports psychologist, Miconopy-based Dr. Jim Burrell, since January on the recommendation of Florida coach Billy Donovan. Werner said Burrell has tried to stress the positives in his game.
“He’s told me that people around you, it doesn’t matter what they think or say,” Werner said. “In the end it’s just a game, just to go out and have fun.”