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Speights hires an agent but center isn't in SI's latest NBA mock draft...uh-oh

Greetings, folks. Back from Miami and I can report with confidence that the Gators aren't going to find a quarterback in Miami-Dade or Broward this recruiting cycle...So sorry, Eugene Smith (Miramar) fans.

Speights_2GAINESVILLE --  I was surfing the Internet today and happened upon Sports Illustrated's latest mock NBA draft projections. Surprisingly, the author of SI's mock draft didn't include Florida center Marreese Speights in the first round. Is this a cause for concern for Speights, our favorite soft big-man?

Not really. For every mock draft that doesn't include Speights in the first round you can find four or five that do. Speights recently hired an agent (meaning there's no way he can come back to Florida). Hopefully Speights' agent, Andy Miller, has been talking to the right people and Speights will be drafted in the first round.

Speights, apparently, didn't come to his decision lightly. Only after he received positive feedback from NBA officials did the 6-10 center finalize his decision. Speights then spoke with Florida coach Billy Donovan one last time to make sure he was making the right decision.

"I want to thank Coach Donovan and the entire staff for helping me develop my game and become a better player over the past two years," Speights said in a statement. "Even though I'm leaving the University of Florida early, I'll forever be a Gator."

Would one more year in college have been a wise move for Speights? Doubt it. He never was the best student, so eligibility would be a concern. On the court, he wouldn't have gotten any tougher going up against the same guys he did last season.

-jo-

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