Despite injuries, Billy Donovan and Gators making due with what they have
It's not the ideal situation, but for Floirida coach Billy Donovan the past few years, what's new?
The Gators are currently playing with a severely limited squad. Sophomore Kenny Kadji is out with disc problems in his back. Junior F Adam Allen has not played for nearly two seasons due to knee injuries. Sophomore Ray Shipman has been out this year due to an injury and Chandler Parsons is playing with a torn thigh muscle. And last week, senior F Dan Werner missed practice due to the flu, forcing the Gators to do some serious improvising in practice.
At times, the Gators are even practicing using 3-on-3 and 4-on-4 drills.
"We’re utilizing what we have,'' Donovan said. "Kyle McClanahan and Hudson Fricke (both walkons) are very active in practice. "Rod’s (Tishman) very active in practice. But when we’re down a player or two, sometimes you really don’t have enough personnel-wise. There were a lot of times in practice this past week where we had to play Chandler at the power forward spot to make it competitive in practice. And the difficulty in doing that is that Chandler in games is not playing the power forward spot. Sometimes in practice we’re getting caught playing guys in positions they aren’t even playing in games.''
The players said one benefit is that they are in the best shape possible.
"When you have to practice a lot of minutes, then play a lot, it's hard but it puts you in great shape,'' sophomore forward Erving Walker said. "We just do what we have to do.''
Donovan said all things considered, he believes the Gators are surviving well under the circumstances.
"I think our guys have done a pretty good job, they’ve come to practice with the right attitude to try to get better,'' he said. "But you try to make the best of the situation that you can.''