Over the past couple of seasons, the Florida Gators have become heavily reliable on their back court production, but that could change during the 2013-14 season.
Some recent losses will sting, but the Gators are simply reloading for another run atop the SEC and a potential pursuit of a National Championship next season. While the return of Patric Young highlights the team’s inside potential, head coach Billy Donovan is piecing together a solid front court rotation. Right now however, it still has some question marks.
Will Yeguete should be ready to go by the time the season rolls around, but he is recovering from a serious off-season knee procedure. Incoming 6-foot-10 freshman Chris Walker could very well be the team’s top player next season, but he has yet to receive clearance from the NCAA regarding his eligibility status.
In a perfect scenario, Donovan would have both at his disposal alongside Young in the paint, but only time will tell if that will be the case. Regardless, that puts even more importance on sophomore forward, Dorian Finney-Smith. At 6-foot-8, Finney-Smith is a former top 50 prospect who committed and played one season at Virginia Tech before the team opted to part ways with head coach Seth Greenberg. After landing at Florida and sitting out the 2012-13 season, Finney-Smith is now eligible and looking to make an immediate impact.
That’s exactly what Gators’ fans should expect too.
Finney-Smith is a nice talent, who has reportedly impressed in practices over the past year, so there’s no doubt that he could be an ideal fit within this talented front court. During his one season with the Hokies, Finney-Smith averaged 6.3 points and 7.0 rebounds per game.
The sophomore might not necessarily be a star this upcoming season, but he’s certainly going to help the rotation and there’s no doubt that he could be point to breakout as an upperclassmen in the coming years.
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