HORFORD RUMBLINGS: Word broke through multiple media outlets less than two weeks ago that Michigan big man Jon Horford would transfer for his final season of eligibility. As ESPN first reported last week, the Gators have joined the mix as a potential landing spot.Billy Donovan's track record of success with transfers to Florida started with Georgetown transfer Vernon Macklin and continued with Rutgers transfer Mike Rosario. This year, Virginia Tech transfer Dorian Finney-Smith won SEC Sixth Man of the Year in his first season of eligibility in Gainesville.
In order for Donovan to take a transfer, he has mentioned multiple times in the past that there has to be a natural fit. The connection with Horford is obvious. His older brother, Al Horford, won back-to-back national titles at Florida and was third overall pick in the 2007 NBA Draft by the Atlanta Hawks.
Jon Horford played in all 37 games for Michigan last season and made seven starts. He ended the year averaging 3.8 points and 4.2 rebounds. Adding Horford to the Florida roster would provide insurance for what looks like a shaky situation. Damontre Harris left the team almost halfway through last season while facing a suspension before changing his mind and electing to return. He has a long way to go before rejoining the team for the 2014-15 season, but Harris practiced with the team during the second half of last season.
The return of Chris Walker gives the Gators a game-changing shot blocker, but he has plenty of room to improve. Finney-Smith, Harris and Walker can provide a solid trio of big men, but the addition of Horford would provide an extra body.
NBA INTEREST: ESPN's Marc Stein reported on Monday that Donovan is one of the coaches being targeted by the Minnesota Timberwolves to fill their head coaching vacancy. After Florida's Final Four appearance in 2007, Donovan accepted an offer to become the head coach of the Orlando Magic. This year, his name is just as popular in NBA circles.Stein also mentioned Michigan State's Tom Izzo and Iowa State's Fred Hoiberg as targets of Minnesota.
Donovan has admitted he's still intrigued by the NBA. When asked about it in recent years, he has mentioned being drawn to the thought of a coaching job that is strictly focused on basketball.
GRANDSTAFF TWEET: Florida 2015 guard target Austin Grandstaff tweeted that he will be hosting Oklahoma coach Lon Kruger on Monday before hosting Florida coach Billy Donovan and Michigan coach John Beilein on Tuesday. Grandstaff remains a priority for the Florida coaches in the 2015 recruiting class.The 6-5, 190-pounder from Rockwall (TX) High School visited Florida when it hosted Kentucky for the final game on the Southeastern Conference schedule and came away impressed. The four-star guard is an important part of what the Florida coaches expect to be a strong class.
NOAH HONORED: Former Florida big man Joakim Noah was named the NBA Defensive Player of the Year on Monday. The Chicago Bulls big man averaged 12.6 points, 11.3 rebounds, 5.4 assists, 1.5 blocks and 1.2 steals this season while earning his second selection to the NBA All-Star game.