Gators' Calathes to enter draft, but keep door open

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Florida guard Nick Calathes has decided to enter the NBA draft, but will keep open the possibility of returning to school next season.

Calathes announced his intentions Monday. He will not hire an agent, which would allow him to return to Florida if he’s unhappy with his draft stock.

The 6-foot-6 sophomore led the Gators in scoring this season, averaging 17.2 points. He also averaged 5.3 rebounds and 6.4 assists, and was the only player in the nation to average at least 15 points, five rebounds and six assists.

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vet4ut writes:

he'll be back...Greek pro league would take him late in the 2nd round

givehim6 writes:

Wow, Billy D. wants to stay at UF but Calathes wants to go. And the hits keep on comeing for the swamp lizards.

HollySpringsVOL writes:

Let um' all go!

rclarkvols#224537 writes:

If you think he won't be a first round pick then you don't know basketball. I hate the gators myself but this kid can is a pro.

WestTennVol writes:

I despise Florida and I'll never forget Calathes's tube of hair gell he used before every game his freshman year. That being said, this kid can really play, give him weapons and hes Steve Nash with a better three point shot (ok thats a slight exaggeration but hell be a solid PG in NBA)

huntined#565710 writes:

in response to gator4life:

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Gator the people I talk to here in FLA say he will test the waters but most I talk to say he will be back. A couple of them said they didn't think he and Donovan are seeing eye to eye on some things. I think he will go if they tell him first round.

UTandETSUfan writes:

in response to gator4life:

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except most "mid-first round" alot of the times becomes late second round or undrafted (there was a handful last year like that)... I'm not saying that will happen with him, I'm just saying he needs to be careful.

UTandETSUfan writes:

in response to UTandETSUfan:

except most "mid-first round" alot of the times becomes late second round or undrafted (there was a handful last year like that)... I'm not saying that will happen with him, I'm just saying he needs to be careful.

except "mid first round" alot of the times***

smoovexl1#614870 writes:

I know this is a bit ooff of the subject guys. But with the Goins kid comming. And the Josh Tabb and Micheal West situations. And our PG situation as a whole. Maybe we should sign this kid(LOL). Check him out at, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pzCdim.... Bille Gillespie would have recruited this kid. All joking a side; He dribbles and shoots better than the PG's we have had recently. What do you guys think? Cool kid.

smoovexl1#614870 writes:

in response to smoovexl1#614870:

I know this is a bit ooff of the subject guys. But with the Goins kid comming. And the Josh Tabb and Micheal West situations. And our PG situation as a whole. Maybe we should sign this kid(LOL). Check him out at, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pzCdim.... Bille Gillespie would have recruited this kid. All joking a side; He dribbles and shoots better than the PG's we have had recently. What do you guys think? Cool kid.

Sorry guys, heres the whole link
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pzCdim.... This kid is BANANNAS!

smoovexl1#614870 writes:

Sorry again guys NS will not take the entire link. Just key in "the next LeBron James" on youtube. Some People are built for certain things. Obviously this kid was ment to be a Point Guard. WOW!

TommyJack writes:

99aintagatoraintagatoreither.

JMP_Vols writes:

Calathes leaves, the drought extends to three years.
So much for that "dynasty."

99gator writes:

calathes is not the problem or the solution, so i really don't care.

best of luck

JMP_Vols writes:

in response to 99aintagator:

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You're right!
Objectivity has no place in here!

golfballs03 writes:

He's a late first round pick. I'm amazed that he wouldn't stick around just to get his stock up enough because it doesn't take much to get paid a lot more.

pdhuff#552644 writes:

Bet he'll miss the NIT.

UTandETSUfan writes:

Seth Curry is a Blue Devil (in case yall haven't heard)

JMP_Vols writes:

He needs the NBA cash to pay off that online poker debt.

chrisw2967 writes:

in response to 99aintagator:

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If you were a vol,you would know we dont care about the gators or calathes.but your not and we dont care.
he better come back to fla cause there is no arena basketball league to go to.

chrisw2967 writes:

in response to 99aintagator:

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we have to have somebody to make fun of and we only get to do that when its an article about wormie liar or the gators itself or in this case calathes aka alfred c newmen.

kman29 writes:

in response to 99gator:

calathes is not the problem or the solution, so i really don't care.

best of luck

Your right. The issue was lack of big men and defense. Boyton will most likely take over the point guard. Combine that with Irving Walker...shooting and 3 pt players will not be an issue. Certainly having Calathes helps depth wise, but doesnt kill UF losing him. Gaining the big men that UF gets next year is what was the issue. Although UT fan will look for anything to point to a down fall for UF. Which is funny for a fan base of a bball program who has never acomplished anything.

kman29 writes:

in response to JMP_Vols:

Calathes leaves, the drought extends to three years.
So much for that "dynasty."

lol! yes in the mean time Florida can become the first program ever to win back to back titles in both bball and football...much less do it in the same decade. So attempt to hate all you want, but UFs run in both bball and football is something completely unmatched by any school in history....much less the "we cant get past the sweet 16" Tennessee Vols.

oldvolsfan writes:

maybe they will take him and his daddy billyboy also with fheir slick motor oil hair do

JMP_Vols writes:

in response to kman29:

lol! yes in the mean time Florida can become the first program ever to win back to back titles in both bball and football...much less do it in the same decade. So attempt to hate all you want, but UFs run in both bball and football is something completely unmatched by any school in history....much less the "we cant get past the sweet 16" Tennessee Vols.

Yes, Tennessee hasn't done anything in basketball. Although the inferior Pearl owns Donavon, but whatever....

And yes, Florida very well could win another championship in football. They are extremely talented.

But I thought we were talking basketball. The fact is with centerpieces such as Parsons and Werner, Florida has a long, long way to go before they'll be relevent in basketball again.

No hate, just the truth.

Don't let being a fan cloud your objectivity.

chrisw2967 writes:

in response to 99aintagator:

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my bad 99 ,its Alfred E. Neuman. but calathes still looks like him.
If the NBA doesnt work out for him, the comic book will be good to fall back on.

kman29 writes:

in response to JMP_Vols:

Yes, Tennessee hasn't done anything in basketball. Although the inferior Pearl owns Donavon, but whatever....

And yes, Florida very well could win another championship in football. They are extremely talented.

But I thought we were talking basketball. The fact is with centerpieces such as Parsons and Werner, Florida has a long, long way to go before they'll be relevent in basketball again.

No hate, just the truth.

Don't let being a fan cloud your objectivity.

Thats great that Pearl owns Donovan in the REGULAR SEASON. But in case you have not noticed...college basketball regular season doesnt mean all that much. And you are only rated on what you do in the tournament. 50 years from now, nobody will remember Pearl winning 7 or 8 or whatever against Donovan. They will remember Donovan winning back to back titles though.

As for UF having a "long, long way to go before they are relevent". LOL! Ok. Funny you name the centerpieces to be Parsons and Werner..hmmm maybe if you watched some bball you would know that Erving Walker has a bigger impact with the team than Parsons but lets forget about that kid who can hit a 3 from any where on the court.

Next years probable lineup:

PG: Kenny Boynton 6'2 (FR)
SG: Ervin Walker 5'6 (SO)
SF: Dan Werner 6'7 (SR)
PF: Alex Tyus 6'8 (JR)
C: Vernon Macklin 6'10 (JR)

Bench:

SG: Adam Allen 6'6 (JR)
SF: Chandler Parsons 6'8 (JR)
SF: Ray Shipman 6'3 (SO)
PF: Allen Chaney 6'8 (SO)
PF: Eloy Vargas 6'10 (SO)
PF: Erik Murphy 6'10 (FR)
C: Kenny Kadji 6'10 (SO)
C: Deshawn Painter 6'10 (FR)

That is a strong lineup. What most don't realize are the names on there that didn't contribute this year due to injuries like Adam Allen who can play guard and forward hitting 3's from all over the court or guys like Chaney and Vargas. That truely hurt their depth and defense.

But hey I understand that Vol fan sits at home praying for every UF team to fall flat on their face.

orangevolz writes:

in response to 02champs#209256:

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Hate to tell you...he is not mediocre. I only wish UT had a mediocre player like him. I doubt he will leave this year, but he definitely has a future in the NBA.

JMP_Vols writes:

in response to kman29:

Thats great that Pearl owns Donovan in the REGULAR SEASON. But in case you have not noticed...college basketball regular season doesnt mean all that much. And you are only rated on what you do in the tournament. 50 years from now, nobody will remember Pearl winning 7 or 8 or whatever against Donovan. They will remember Donovan winning back to back titles though.

As for UF having a "long, long way to go before they are relevent". LOL! Ok. Funny you name the centerpieces to be Parsons and Werner..hmmm maybe if you watched some bball you would know that Erving Walker has a bigger impact with the team than Parsons but lets forget about that kid who can hit a 3 from any where on the court.

Next years probable lineup:

PG: Kenny Boynton 6'2 (FR)
SG: Ervin Walker 5'6 (SO)
SF: Dan Werner 6'7 (SR)
PF: Alex Tyus 6'8 (JR)
C: Vernon Macklin 6'10 (JR)

Bench:

SG: Adam Allen 6'6 (JR)
SF: Chandler Parsons 6'8 (JR)
SF: Ray Shipman 6'3 (SO)
PF: Allen Chaney 6'8 (SO)
PF: Eloy Vargas 6'10 (SO)
PF: Erik Murphy 6'10 (FR)
C: Kenny Kadji 6'10 (SO)
C: Deshawn Painter 6'10 (FR)

That is a strong lineup. What most don't realize are the names on there that didn't contribute this year due to injuries like Adam Allen who can play guard and forward hitting 3's from all over the court or guys like Chaney and Vargas. That truely hurt their depth and defense.

But hey I understand that Vol fan sits at home praying for every UF team to fall flat on their face.

Well, I give you credit for trying, but still, big swing and a miss.

I'm sure I watch more bball than you, first of all. You honestly believe that starting five is tournament worthy? My only conclusion is you're unable to look at this objectivly.

Your best returning player is 5'6 and averaged 10 points a game last year. Your bigs were probably the worst in the SEC, although they may improve slightly. Still, no difference makers there.

Billy D was so consumed winning those championships I guess he forgot to recruit after they left. The talent isn't there now.

Believe me, whether people remember Pearl or not is up for debate. Regardless, I bet Donovan will remember.

dirtywhiteboy writes:

he'll be back...not too many nba teams gonna draft a soft sissy looking white boy.

Volunatic writes:

He's pretty good against everyone except UT.

bhjohnso#207063 writes:

Calathes always seemed to me to be a stat stuffer but not a real winner, I dunno, maybe just seems that way against Tennessee. I mean, every time against Tenn he's put up the numbers, but 0-4 I think, and several of those games were over at the first media timeout. but i think he's got the talent to be a pro, good shooter, great passer, never misses an open guy. not sure if he can guard NBA players.

JMP_Vols writes:

in response to kman29:

Thats great that Pearl owns Donovan in the REGULAR SEASON. But in case you have not noticed...college basketball regular season doesnt mean all that much. And you are only rated on what you do in the tournament. 50 years from now, nobody will remember Pearl winning 7 or 8 or whatever against Donovan. They will remember Donovan winning back to back titles though.

As for UF having a "long, long way to go before they are relevent". LOL! Ok. Funny you name the centerpieces to be Parsons and Werner..hmmm maybe if you watched some bball you would know that Erving Walker has a bigger impact with the team than Parsons but lets forget about that kid who can hit a 3 from any where on the court.

Next years probable lineup:

PG: Kenny Boynton 6'2 (FR)
SG: Ervin Walker 5'6 (SO)
SF: Dan Werner 6'7 (SR)
PF: Alex Tyus 6'8 (JR)
C: Vernon Macklin 6'10 (JR)

Bench:

SG: Adam Allen 6'6 (JR)
SF: Chandler Parsons 6'8 (JR)
SF: Ray Shipman 6'3 (SO)
PF: Allen Chaney 6'8 (SO)
PF: Eloy Vargas 6'10 (SO)
PF: Erik Murphy 6'10 (FR)
C: Kenny Kadji 6'10 (SO)
C: Deshawn Painter 6'10 (FR)

That is a strong lineup. What most don't realize are the names on there that didn't contribute this year due to injuries like Adam Allen who can play guard and forward hitting 3's from all over the court or guys like Chaney and Vargas. That truely hurt their depth and defense.

But hey I understand that Vol fan sits at home praying for every UF team to fall flat on their face.

"I'm just as confused as anybody," Werner said. "Coach built this as one of the top programs in the country, and unfortunately these last two years we took it down a couple of steps."

Hard to defend your position when Florida's own players support mine.

kman29 writes:

in response to JMP_Vols:

Well, I give you credit for trying, but still, big swing and a miss.

I'm sure I watch more bball than you, first of all. You honestly believe that starting five is tournament worthy? My only conclusion is you're unable to look at this objectivly.

Your best returning player is 5'6 and averaged 10 points a game last year. Your bigs were probably the worst in the SEC, although they may improve slightly. Still, no difference makers there.

Billy D was so consumed winning those championships I guess he forgot to recruit after they left. The talent isn't there now.

Believe me, whether people remember Pearl or not is up for debate. Regardless, I bet Donovan will remember.

Im at least glad you said "best RETURNING player". Yes it most likely is Erving Walker. But best player over all, most likely will be Boynton. The kid can flat out play and is probably Donovans biggest recruit since Mike Miller. And unlike football, freshmen in bball can come in and change a team right away. Add to the fact that UF adds 3 more big men 1 of which already has experience playing in the best conference in bball (Big East) with Georgetown. But all of what im saying you all already know, which is why Vol fan has 60 something posts on here trying to convince themselves other wise.

huntined#565710 writes:

in response to kman29:

Thats great that Pearl owns Donovan in the REGULAR SEASON. But in case you have not noticed...college basketball regular season doesnt mean all that much. And you are only rated on what you do in the tournament. 50 years from now, nobody will remember Pearl winning 7 or 8 or whatever against Donovan. They will remember Donovan winning back to back titles though.

As for UF having a "long, long way to go before they are relevent". LOL! Ok. Funny you name the centerpieces to be Parsons and Werner..hmmm maybe if you watched some bball you would know that Erving Walker has a bigger impact with the team than Parsons but lets forget about that kid who can hit a 3 from any where on the court.

Next years probable lineup:

PG: Kenny Boynton 6'2 (FR)
SG: Ervin Walker 5'6 (SO)
SF: Dan Werner 6'7 (SR)
PF: Alex Tyus 6'8 (JR)
C: Vernon Macklin 6'10 (JR)

Bench:

SG: Adam Allen 6'6 (JR)
SF: Chandler Parsons 6'8 (JR)
SF: Ray Shipman 6'3 (SO)
PF: Allen Chaney 6'8 (SO)
PF: Eloy Vargas 6'10 (SO)
PF: Erik Murphy 6'10 (FR)
C: Kenny Kadji 6'10 (SO)
C: Deshawn Painter 6'10 (FR)

That is a strong lineup. What most don't realize are the names on there that didn't contribute this year due to injuries like Adam Allen who can play guard and forward hitting 3's from all over the court or guys like Chaney and Vargas. That truely hurt their depth and defense.

But hey I understand that Vol fan sits at home praying for every UF team to fall flat on their face.

KMAN there are some SHOOTERS on the list but not a player that can play defense.
you had shooters the past two years but no one plays defense..the only player that played any defense was Hodge and he is gone.

murrayvol writes:

in response to rclarkvols#224537:

If you think he won't be a first round pick then you don't know basketball. I hate the gators myself but this kid can is a pro.

He'll be a mid to late first rounder this year. Could be a lottery pick next year. Wish he was a Vol.

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