Turnovers, boards and other concerns

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Some more nuggets from UF’s preseason finale against Georgetown College:

— Florida coach Billy Donovan said he wasn’t as concerned about the number of turnovers (20) the Gators committed against Georgetown as he was when Florida had 19 turnovers in the preseason opener against Florida Tech. “They (Georgetown) were throwing a lot of different defenses at us,” Donovan said. Walk-on point guard Kyle McClanahan committed four of the turnovers. But starting point guard Erving Walker also had four turnovers against the NAIA school, which has to be a concern heading into the regular season.

— Rebounding was another issue. Florida gave up 13 offensive rebounds. Overall, the Gators only outrebounded Georgetown 35-30 despite having a singificant size advantage up front.

— When asked about UF’s rotation off the bench, Donovan went out of his way to single out the play of freshman forward Will Yeguete. “He’s a guy who plays hard and impacts the game without scoring,” Donovan said. “He definitely brings a different intangible to our team.” Yeguete put together another workmanlike effort with six points, three rebounds and a steal in 11 minutes.

— Donovan said freshman Cody Larson playing just the final two minutes against Georgetown College wasn’t indicative of how he had been practicing. “Cody is going to be a terrific player,” Donovan said. “With Scottie (Wilbekin) out, Casey Prather probably played more because he had to play the two (shooting guard). It had more to do with our rotations.”

— Florida finished the preseason shooting 12-for-42 (28.5 percent) from 3-point range. Sophomore guard Kenny Boynton was 8-15 from beyond the arc. The rest of the Gators were 4-for-27. Last season, Florida finished 11th in the Southeastern Conference in 3-point field goal percentage, shooting 31.3 percent.

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  1. The Gators must shoot the ball well to make the tourney and go deep this year. I know that sounds obvious, but I don’t think our defense or half court offense is good enough to beat teams if we’re not hitting baskets at a high percentage, especially from behind the arc. If we’re in the low 30s again this year, we’re going to struggle and lose games. 28.5% is not acceptable.

    I’m glad to see Boynton has found his shot, but I’m not convinced yet. I want to see him play a real opponent. Last year Kenny had a tendency to rush the shot and not set his feet when shooting the three. Whenever he would run to the right or left, then stop suddenly and shoot, he always missed and that happened every game.

    I was also glad to hear that Walker was pulling up and shooting from the foul line. Erving is electric, he’s fast and can shoot lights out when he’s feeling it, but at the end of the day he’s not effective when driving all the way to the basket. Not unless he kicks it out. Keep shooting those short jumpers when they’re open.

    Otherwise, I think the Gators will play more physically than they have since ’07 and if they can stay healthy and play 40 minutes of basketball, with the same intensity start to finish, I think they can make it to the Final Four. I just don’t know if they can beat Duke.

  2. Its going to be a long game for you Gator fans Friday nite! Rendleman is going to drop 25 and 14! Be on the look out for him to get the game winning dunk as well with 2.3 seconds left on the clock. UNCW 67 UF 66.

  3. Good write up, but tonite Rendleman is going to emerge as the megastar in the “Port City”! Look for Tomko to control the game with his scoring and patiences tonite. Grant will definitely lock Boynton down tonite and have him frustrated. Wilson is going to be a solid gaurdian tonite with block shots and rebounds. Morales and Milson are going to be the sleepers tonite, because no one knows anything about them. TV time for all the players tonite so look for the reserves to come off the bench and dominate. UNCW 67 UF 66!!!!!! NOW THIS IS COMING STRAIGHT FROM THE HORSES MOUTH!!!!!!!!!