Florida Gators F Dorian Finney-Smith suspended indefinitely for violation of team rules

By Adam Silverstein
February 18, 2015

Updated on Thursday at 1 a.m.

The Florida Gators announced just over one hour before tip-off on Wednesday that redshirt junior forward Dorian Finney-Smith, the team’s second-leading scorer, has been suspended indefinitely for a violation of team rules.

Finney-Smith sat out Wednesday night’s contest against the Vanderbilt Commodores and will at least miss one more game on Saturday.

“He’s suspended. I’m not playing him against LSU. I’m going to revisit it again on Monday,” head coach Billy Donovan said after Wednesday’s game.

Finney-Smith, the 2014 SEC Sixth Man of the Year, is not only Florida’s best active scorer but also its leading rebounder, accounting for 12.9 points and 5.8 boards per game. He also shoots a team-high 47.5 percent from the field among starters.


“When these things happen, I think it’s very, very easy to pass judgment on a kid who’s really a good kid. He’s not [a bad kid]. He’s a great kid to coach. And I’m not just saying that because he’s here on our team and because I’m supposed to say that. Like, he’s a good kid,” Donovan explained.

“But I think it has been a microcosm of this season with our team in what I would say a lack of commitment and a lack of consistency of what really goes into winning. This maybe is something that I’ve been battling all year long. … One of the questions that has gone through my mind this year is, ‘Can you force somebody to be committed?’ Thinking about it, commitment is one of the most difficult things in life, to commit your heart, mind, soul, body, everything into something. I think that really is very, very difficult to do. And I believe that’s the only way you can really be successful.

“Dorian’s decisions represent a lack of commitment, in my opinion.”

The Gators are also currently without junior guard Michael Frazier II – the team’s leading scorer (13.2 points per game), three-point shooter (.401) and free throw shooter (.877) – who continues to recover from a high-ankle sprain suffered against Kentucky that has kept him out of Florida’s last two games.

“Right now, my feeling is – unless something changes – I don’t know this to be 100 percent true, but I would say right now I don’t think we’ll get him back before the month’s out. That’s just my guess. I think you’re looking into March right now,” Donovan said.

“Because Michael’s been a phenomenal shooter and he’s been our leading scorer, I think you cannot underestimate the fact that this guy’s going to nearly go three weeks without [practicing] – and to throw him back whenever he’s cleared to play and expect him to be like he was before he got hurt, I think would be really, really difficult to put that on him. …

“I don’t have a high expectation for him when he comes back because he hasn’t practiced now since the Kentucky game. He hasn’t even shot; he hasn’t done anything. All he’s doing is try to rehab his ankle and trying to get himself healthy. … I’m almost of the mindset, as a coach right now, that we’re kind of without him the rest of the year even though he might come back.”

Original story:

At 13-13 and 5-7 in SEC play, UF is floundering and facing its first five-game losing streak since 1997-98, head coach Billy Donovan‘s second season leading the program.

The Gators enter Wednesday’s contest scoring 65.4 points per game, the third-lowest average in program history (since the statistic was tracked) and worst average since 1950-51 (62.7).

This is Finney-Smith’s second suspension since joining the program after missing the first three games of the 2013-14 campaign. Overall, Donovan has handed down four suspensions this season for team rules violations.

14 Comments

  1. Ken (CA) says:

    wow. As if this season weren’t a writeoff before, sounds like this team will likely being his least accomplished team ever. Way to step up and show leadership during the tough road, doe-doe

    • Gatoralum88 says:

      Wow! No kidding! It’s like the 2013 football season…everything that can go wrong is! Muschump-itis! Ironically, Billy let him speak to the team prior to this season. Now I’m thinking a losing season is possible. Tonight will be interesting to watch. It’s almost unbelievable!

    • Razzlegator says:

      Aw shucks; it’s just basketball. It’s not like he let the Russians have the nuclear codes.

      • Gatorgrad79 says:

        No – not life and death, but unrealized talent always makes me agitated. The ‘what could have been’ always nags a little.

  2. Gatorgrad79 says:

    Wow, an unseemly end to a crazy season….looks like we need attitude adjustments all the way around.

  3. Sgt. Friday says:

    Well at least the baseball team is supposed to be great. But the basketball team was also a preseason top ten team, so it may not be true. Between a mediocre football team and a crappy basketball team, it’s pretty rough in Gainesville right now, unless you pay attention to girl’s sports or other non revenue ventures. Maybe it’s time for an exorcism or something to remove the curse hovering over any UF sport that anyone gives a crap about. The only real alvation will have to wait to surface in the Fall, since football is the only sport that matters anyway.

    • Gatoralum88 says:

      Michael J Semenhole! Thanks for stopping by.

      • Michael Jones says:

        Way to stay classy, Gatoralum88. I’m not Sgt. Friday’s biggest fan but after reading his post twice I’m still not sure what he did to bring that on. Great representation of Gator Nation on your part. What are you? 12?

        • Dave Massey says:

          Only a nole troll would not be offended by that comment, nole troll. I care deeply about every Gator sports team, men’s and women’s alike. If you don’t you are not a true Gator. And 12 is better than 2.

  4. Gatorgrad79 says:

    OK – Gator Boyz got some fight left!! Glimmer of hope for next year Nice finish men!

  5. Michael scott says:

    Billy has run this team into the ground with his boot camp like practices during the season .working harder isn’t always working smarter .

    • Adam says:

      Holy hell…you think practice is the problem? I don’t even know what to say to you. If anything, work these guys harder.

  6. Ken (CA) says:

    There is limited upside at this point for this team. Don’t ruse MF back. make sure he is 100%, get a couple of games before the SEC tourney. No reason to risk anything

  7. Dave Massey says:

    This is not a talentless team that is getting blown out by 20 points every time they step on the floor. The problem is that they definitely lack leadership to get them through the tough times. Losing four senior starters was a tough situation for these guys to adjust to. No one has stepped into that role. We all hoped Dodo or MFIII or Hill would do it but they are completely underprepared to do that. Having said that, this team does have the talent to get a run going through the SEC tournament as they will be playing for their lives. I agree to rest MFIII until he is fully recovered. Nothing to gain bringing him back early. Maybe they can gel in time for the tourney and win it. Might even be made a 16 seed and be the first team to beat a 1 in the first round. But they are really going to have to find some inspiration to do that.

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