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Billy Donovan speaks candidly about former guard Nick Calathes

GAINESVILLE -- Duing his brief career at the University of Florida, former UF guard Nick Calathes was an excellent player for the Gators. But was he a good leader? According to UF coach Billy Donovan, maybe not.

Donovan addressed reporters on Thursday during the Florida basketball team's annual preseason media day. Gator Clause chatted it up with freshman guard Kenny Boynton Jr. of Pompano Beach and sophomore swingman Ray Shipman of Miami. We'll get to that later. First, tell me what you think of this quote from Donovan. When asked about a potential leader filling the void left by Calathes, Donovan offered this response:

"I don't know if I necessarily looked at Nick as a leader," Donovan said. "I think the ball was in his hands a lot. I think Nick made a lot of plays for us in games. But, you know what, if you look at the end of the year, you know, Erving Walker was in a lot at the end of games last year because of his free-throw shooting and his ability to make shots."

Slightly interesting.



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