Florida head coach Billy Donovan added a new man to the Gators’ roster this week and it comes via transfer from Catholic University.
Donovan’s son, also named Billy, has transferred to the University of Florida and will walk-on for the Gators’ this season. Per NCAA rules, the younger Donovan will have to sit out the 2012-13 season, but will be eligible to compete for the Gators beginning next season.
A junior guard, Donovan will have two years of eligibility remaining at Florida, although potential playing time may be hard to find in one of the nation’s most elite programs. Not to mention, Donovan’s plethora of guards has formed a rotation that has been tough to crack recently.
Senior guard Mike Rosario will resume a starting role in the back court this season, following a season in which he was forced to come off the bench due to the Gators’ stiff rotation. Rosario averaged double-figures in each of his first two season at Rutgers prior to his own transfer.
Donovan will certainly gain a great experience playing with the Gators, even if he can’t make it on the court. Last season as a sophomore at Catholic University, Donovan averaged 5.9 points per game.
The Gators do not leave their home state until a Dec. 15 trip to Arizona, starting off the season with eight consecutive games within Florida limits. However, the competition in those first eight games will be no walk in the park. Georgetown, Wisconsin, Marquette, and Florida State are all on the docket in that span.
The season begins on Nov. 9 for Florida as the Gators will take on Georgetown in Jacksonville aboard the USS Bataan.
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