Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Walsh Waves Goodbye to UF; Junior Guard Tells Donovan He Is Entering NBA Draft; Coach Also Expects Roberson to Go

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Walsh Waves Goodbye to UF; Junior Guard Tells Donovan He Is Entering NBA Draft; Coach Also Expects Roberson to Go

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Byline: MICHAEL DIROCCO

GAINESVILLE -- Florida lost one player to the NBA Draft on Sunday night, and Gators coach Billy Donovan is pretty sure he's going to lose another.

Junior guard Matt Walsh told Donovan that he does not intend to return to Gainesville for his senior season, and Donovan expects junior point guard Anthony Roberson to make the same announcement soon.

Both players had announced in April that they wanted to explore their options regarding the draft, but would not hire an agent to leave open the possibility of returning.

"I think Anthony's mind-set is he wants to go, but he hasn't said to me, 'Coach, I'm doing it. I'm going. I'm keeping my name in,' " Donovan said Monday afternoon. "Matt did that [Sunday]. Anthony hasn't. I don't want to speak for Anthony, [but] my feeling is both those players will not be back."

Walsh definitely won't. Donovan said Walsh -- who had enrolled in a basketball academy run by IMG to improve his overall game -- had positive reports from his individual workouts, and that encouraged him to remain in the draft.

"Matt understands right now he's got no guarantee [about being drafted in the] first round or second round," Donovan said. "He's purely making his decision based on the feedback he's gotten from some NBA teams from his workouts. I think the feedback has been that his workouts have gone very well and that people in the NBA who he respects feel like he can play in the NBA.

"I feel like Matt can play in the NBA as well."

The 6-foot-6 Walsh averaged 14.6 points per game this past season and was second on the Gators in 3-point shooting (42.6 percent).

Roberson participated in the NBA Draft camp in Chicago earlier this month along with teammate David Lee. Donovan, who attended the camp, said there was a positive buzz about the 6-1 guard. …

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