I never trusted Florida’s backcourt.
Sure, Erving Walker had made some big shots earlier this year, but Walker and Kenny Boynton are poor decision-makers.
And it wound up costing the Gators a Final Four berth.
First came Walker’s long 3-point attempt at the end of regulation with the score tied.
How about trying to get into the lane for a high-percentage shot?
Then came Boynton’s extremely ill-advised 3-pointer with 19 seconds left on the clock in overtime.
``I would have probably have liked to have seen Kenny drive the ball when we were down one,” Donovan said after the loss.
Vernon Macklin had his way with Butler in the first half, but the Gator guards basically forgot about him in the second half. The same was true for senior Chandler Parsons, clearly the team’s most adept passer.
But Donovan has given Walker and Boynton free reign virtually all season – and it came back to bite him in the you-know-what.
Now Parsons, Macklin and fellow senior Alex Tyus depart Gainesville. They all had their issues, but now it leaves Donovan with the core of Walker, Boynton and defensive-minded big man Patric Young.
But shot selection, believe it or not, could get even worse next season.
That’s when Rutgers transfer Mike Rosario becomes eligible. He’s a talented scorer, but is yet another guy who never met a shot he didn’t like.
The only silver lining is the arrival of freshman guard Bradley Beal, who will immediately become Donovan’s most talented guard. He’s in the Ray Allen-mold, but there’s still just one ball.