Florida coach Billy Donovan said following UF’s opening round NCAA Tournament loss to BYU that he needed to do a better job providing depth for his team.
Barring any unforeseen defections or injuries, Florida could enter next season as one of the deepest teams in the Southeastern Conference.
Yes, the Gators are two over the current scholarship limit of 13. But expect Florida to solve the situation by severing ties with Israeli pg Nimrod Tishman and having Adam Allen either transfer or apply for an injury hardship.
That would put UF at 13 scholarship players overall and 12 available for next season (Rutgers pg transfer Mike Rosario has to sit out next season per NCAA rules). Provided Kenny Kadji makes a full recovery from back surgery, the depth chart would look like this:
Center — Vernon Macklin, Kenny Kadji
Power forward — Alex Tyus, Patric Young, Erik Murphy, Cody Larson
Small forward — Chandler Parsons, Will Yeguete
Point guard — Erving Walker, Scottie Wilbekin
Shooting guard — Kenny Boynton, Casey Prather.
Of course, some of the parts are interchangeable. Young, for example, could slide to the backup role at center if Kadji isn’t ready. Prather is versatile and tall enough (6-foot-4 to 6-5) to spell Parsons at small forward. If Florida wanted to go big (and placate Tyus) it could even go with an elephant lineup of Boynton at point guard, 6-9 Parsons at the two guard, 6-8 Tyus at small forward, 6-9 Young at power forward and 6-10 Macklin at center. It would be similar to the big lineup Donovan was able to use in 2007 with Al Horford at center, Chris Richard at power forward, Joakim Noah at small forward, Taurean Green at point guard and Corey Brewer at shooting guard.
In other words, Donovan should have more options next season.