The Florida Gators ended the 2012-2013 season with a run to the Elite Eight and a disappointing loss to the Michigan Wolverines. The Gators dominated in the SEC all season long, despite losing to the Ole Miss Rebels in the SEC championship game. Florida will come back next season capable of winning the SEC once again.
The Gators lost many key players to graduation and the NBA draft. Kenny Boynton, Mike Rosario and Erik Murphy will all be gone. However, Billy Donovan’s team were given a major boost when Patric Young, one of the most dominant big men in the SEC, announced he would stay at Florida for his Senior season.
Young will be the key for the Gators this season. His decision to remain at Florida instead of going to the NBA will help this Gators team return to (and maybe even go farther than) the Elite Eight next season. Talented starters Will Yeguete and Scottie Wilbekin return next season, too. Two outstanding bench players, Casey Prather and Michael Frazier II will also return in 2013-2014 and both will see a lot more minutes in each game.
Florida will be much more inexperienced next season than they were this season, but they will still dominate in the SEC. Donovan is always in the discussion for SEC coach of the year (which he won this season) and will be at the end of next season as well. The Gators will once again be one of the top teams in the SEC in the 2013-2014 season.