Is this a sign that point guard Nick Calathes is going pro or coming back?
GAINESVILLE -- More puzzling news to report about the Gators' basketball team. First there was this. Now, more stuff is happening. According to VirginiaPreps.com, UF recruit DeShawn Painter is no longer committed to Florida.
Painter, a 6-9, 210-pound center, was supposed to add depth to the Gators' frontcourt next season. Instead, he said thanks but no thanks to the Gators on Monday. (Or vice versa.) He'll be enrolling elsewhere this fall. Why did this happen? There are two possible scenarios:
1. Calathes is gone and since no one is transferring or being forced out, then UF needs to make room for another point guard. That means, "So long, Painter, and hello Rico Pickett."
2. Calathes is staying and since no one is transferring or being forced out, then UF simply doesn't have any room for Painter.
Pickett [PICTURED] has experience at the D-I level. He played at the University of Alabama as a freshman before transferring. Swapping Pickett for Calathes seems like the best solution to a crummy situation for UF coach Billy Donovan. Raise your hand if you're a little uneasy with the idea of restocking the Gators' roster with JUCO transfers.