1 » Offering up some observations ahead of the 2014-15 college basketball campaign, CBSSports.com‘s Jon Rothstein opened up his most recent column by spotlighting five-star forward Devin Robinson (Christchurch, VA) and the impact he is likely to have on the Florida Gators this season.
1. Florida’s Devin Robinson is being undervalued nationally
We’re about three weeks away from the start of practice and it feels like Devin Robinson isn’t even scheduled to play this season. Many people including myself have hyped — and with good reason — the incoming freshmen at Kentucky (Karl Towns, Trey Lyles, Tyler Ulis, Devon Booker) but when you watch Robinson play you’ll realize that he doesn’t just have a chance to be one of the best freshmen in the SEC. He has a chance to be one of the best freshmen in the country. Blessed with freakish length at 6-feet-8 along with a terrific second jump, the Virginia native is the type of high-level athlete that has a chance to immediately start for the Gators in his first year of college basketball. Versatile enough to play either forward spot, Robinson has big-time upside and is only scratching the surface of where he’ll be in a few seasons. Long, active, and always around the ball, this is the type of player that Billy Donovan will use to guard multiple positions on defense for as long as he’s in Gainesville. Think Devin Ebanks with more offense.
2 » ESPN.com‘s team of college basketball insiders has slotted the Gators at No. 5 on their “future power rankings” top-25 list ($). Behind only Duke, Kansas, Kentucky and Louisville (1-4), Florida gets high marks from Andy Katz over the next three seasons for its coaching and development but low marks overall for program power and its facilities (which are set to be renovated at the conclusion of the 2014-15 campaign). Jeff Goodman questions whether Donovan will “head to the NBA at some point,” noting that running the Gators program is not “nearly as easy a job as Donovan has made it look” if UF has to replace him. Focusing on the positives is Paul Biancardi, who praises the talent on Florida’s incoming recruiting class, including Robinson.
Extra BIT » Donovan and assistant coach Matt McCall hanging out with former Gators Brent Wright and Major Parker (plus Kenny Boynton Sr.).