Powell Transfer Unfortunate

Just the other day I wrote how attrition was likely to provide Florida with the opportunity to add to its three man recruiting class for next season. Well, less than 24 hours later the Gators have an opening. The departure of sophomore guard Brandon Powell is disappointing but not the least bit surprising.

Powell struggled as many freshmen do with the transition from high school stud to college bench warmer. He had issues in and out of the classroom, on and off the floor. His arrest on drug charges last month was the latest example that things just were not working.

It's a shame because I think Powell was a real talent. He had three-point shooting range and the potential to be an outstanding defender. As an All-State performer for Memphis (Tenn.) Mitchell High School Powell had demonstrated an ability to step up in big games and I fully expected him to be the Gators' starting two-guard… well, I did up until about a month ago.

With Powell leaving, a young, thin Florida roster is that much younger and thinner. There are just nine scholarship players on the squad and five of them are true freshmen. As a result, Garrett Tyler will go from the end of the bench to second team status. Here's how I see the "two deep" such as it is heading into the season:

Center ----- Marreese Speights, Alex Tyus

Power Forward ----- Dan Werner, Chandler Parsons

Small Forward ----- Jonathan Mitchell, Garrett Tyler

Shooting Guard --- Nick Calathes, Adam Allen

Point Guard -------- Walter Hodge, Jai Lucas

It's a roster that is lacking in size with just one player over 6'8" depending on Parsons' latest growth spurt. It is a team with very limited experience. It's also a team with plenty of talent and a lot to prove. They certainly won't be resting on the success of the past two years since none of them other than Hodge had much to do with it. It will present Billy Donovan with an incredible challenge as he tries to guide the Gators to their tenth straight 20-win season and NCAA Tournament berth.

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