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Gators' guard Tishman will not return to team

Florida guard Rod Tishman has returned to his home in Israel and will not return next season, Florida coach Billy Donovan said Monday morning.

Tishman played in just seven games last season for a total of 16 minutes.

"Nimrod is not going to come back,'' Donovan said, "And I felt like that was going to happen. I loved him as a kid, he had a great experience. But I think for him, coming all the way the distance that he came, and not really getting the opportunity to play as much as he would like to, and I think part of him even wanted to come back again. But I don’t think he wanted to come back if it was going to be kind of the same situation.'. I think the adjustment period was something I think was an adjustment for him.''

Prior to joining UF Tishman played for the Israeli U18 squad at the European Under-18 Championships, leading his country in scoring at 18.3 points, 4.0 rebounds and 2.3 assists for the tournament. But the adjustment to college life in the United States proved more difficult than he anticipated, Donovan said.

"He’s got some opportunities in Israel right now that he's going to probably pursue professionally,'' Donovan said. "I loved coaching him, I still have a great relationship with him and his family, but he’s going to probably stay back over there.  And I certainly appreciate him coming here and giving it a shot.''

Tishman's departure frees up a scholarship for the Gators, who with the signing of several players earlier this month, would have been over the scholarship limit had he returned.

[Last modified: Tuesday, July 20, 2010 2:11pm]


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