Donovan's not done with 2009 Recruiting

DESTIN - Florida coach Billy Donovan discussed what life for Gator basketball after Nick Calathes will be like with media at the SEC spring meetings Tuesday. He also made clear the basketball roster for the 2009-10 season is not finalized as there could still be another addition and a current player's status remains in doubt.

Donovan said he never expected to have Calathes return to the program once the sophomore put his name in for the NBA draft.

"I didn't think there was any chance he was going to be back," Donovan said. "A guy always puts his name in the draft to go. The only reason a guy pulls his name out of the draft is because he can't go."

With Calathes gone, Florida will likely not have a single player dominate the ball the way he did last season. Donovan referred to his current situation as "point guard by committee". Erving Walker will be the leader of the committee, but Kenny Boynton will also "have to" play the point at times according to Donovan. He also mentioned Chandler Parsons as someone who needs to work on being able to handle the ball.

Adding another player to help with the point guard situation would be ideal, but Florida has either taken a pass or struck out on all the prospects they've been publicly linked with. Donovan can't mention any names, but he said Florida still is working on adding another player.

According to the coach, "There is a possibility of that." He didn't provide any timetable for how long it might take to find out whether Florida would be able to add the player in question.

Florida's depth may take another hit due to the questionable health status of Adam Allen. An injury wrecked his sophomore season, and Donovan revealed Allen had another surgery on the same knee last week and will need at least five months to attempt to rehab.

"I'm concerned about him right now," Donovan said. "This is probably the last go round to see what we can do to try and help him. It's causing him a lot of problems."

With October the earliest Allen could see the court even if he does heal, his conditioning and lack of offseason work make it highly unlikely that he'll be able to be a meaningful contributor this year.

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