Maybe both choices were surprises to some. Dorian Finney-Smith has been in a bit of trouble and in the dog house of head coach Billy Donovan even in his junior year. That didn’t deter him from deciding his best options for his future was to return to play for Florida. This was all Finney-Smith and nothing that Donovan pushed on the young man.
“I got all the information I needed to make a decision,”, he told Gatorzone.com “He didn’t pressure me into anything, but rather let me be a grown man. Coach D is a mentor to me, I trust him and I’m happy and anxious to have another year with him.”
Averaging 13.1 points and 6.2 rebounds a game in his junior season he missed games this year and last because of off-the-court issues. The second team All-SEC forward was certainly missed when not on the floor.
A team that will be deep in the front court next year, especially with Finney-Smith’s return, he told Gator Zone that he expects the 2015-16 squad to be a good one.
“I feel like we’ll have a great team coming back and we’re going to do what it takes to lift the program back and play basketball the Florida culture way,” Finney-Smith said. “I got better, but it was a learning experience being a leader. Now, I’m anxious to build on everything I learned.”
Finney-Smith is a key part both offensively and defensively. He has terrific range and the ability to take the ball to the hoop or score with his back to the basket. He can also defend all five spots on the floor with his athleticism. His return is hiuge for the prospects of next season.