The run and jump they ran was all about forcing long passes that would allow them to move on the flight of the ball and also get interceptions, — Eric Fawcett (@Efawcett7) October 27, 2020. “He definitely has a feel,” Duruji said. Donovan made basketball matter at Florida, leading the Gators to a 467-185 record before leaving to take over the NBA’s Oklahoma City Thunder in 2015. For that reason there was probably only a total of 50% or so of total possessions where it was possible to play a press so as you can see, they pressed on a majority of those opportunities. Additionally, these lobbed passes can turn into interceptions. Donovan thanked former players, former assistants, his former boss, his family and the Gainesville community for helping him reach this career pinnacle. 1 with all the expectations to do it. Teams that had success against the press often weren’t looking for the home run pass over the top to beat it, they moved the ball slowly and methodically, waiting for the doubles to come before intentionally moving the ball schematically to work it to open shooters. This created the occasional wide open look. "I've always said this: It takes a lot of people to really contribute and help. ... Lewis looking to take next step as a leader on the court. The press most used by Louisiana Tech is what is commonly known in coaching circles as the run and jump press. I'm thankful, I'm honored and just incredibly humbled by it all.". All Rights Reserved. "They were an incredible group," Donovan said. Tags: florida gators, Gators, college basketball This Jan. 12, 2019, file photo shows Florida head coach Mike White directing his team against Tennessee during a game in Gainesville. Use of this website (including any and all parts and components) constitutes your acceptance of these TERMS OF USE and PRIVACY POLICY. If the ball gets reversed a second trap can occur on the opposite side of the floor, though often a reverse will trigger each defensive player returning to their checks and simply sticking tight to them and playing prototypical full court man-to-man pressure. CBS Sports is a registered trademark of CBS Broadcasting Inc. "During my time at Kentucky, I had a front-row seat for the impact Billy made, not just on the Florida program, but our league. Get the latest Florida Gators Basketball news, photos, rankings, lists and more on Bleacher Report. That led me to think the Louisiana Tech press was going to be hectic, scrappy, and confusing for opponents but much to my surprise (pleasantly, I might add), it wasn’t. A goal of this style of press is to force long passes. It's just like you have family forever here.". No one at Florida has been surprised by his success, evidenced by the turnout and all the tributes. Donovan had a lot to do with Florida's success. The thing with that style of press was that it was far more chaos than it was control. "It's been a lot. Find flat-rate shipping on every order to support the squad! We have seen a number of attempts to bring a pressing style of defense from the mid major to high major ranks fail, most notably Will Wade at LSU and Shaka Smart at Texas, both of whom came from the famous VCU press. They started off unranked and won a national championship. Watch White’s Bulldogs generate a bunch of turnovers this way. It was the loudest the O'Dome has been in years. "There's probably a whole generation that thinks Florida basketball has always been on the map. Dorian Finney-Smith, Chris Chiozza, Jason Williams, Kenyan Weaks, Brent Wright, Teddy Dupay, Justin Hamilton, Chris Richard, Mo Speights, Vernon Macklin, Kenny Boynton and Patric Young also were on hand. Florida Gators Basketball Coach Mike White in huddle/GatorCountry photo by Kassidy Hill. "It had been on my radar for some time, and Jeremy had made it clear it was something that was important to him," Stricklin said in a statement. "It's just really emotional for me, and I'm really humbled," Donovan said. A place La Tech loved to generate turnovers was when teams tried to advance the ball through the middle of the floor. The corner is a bad spot to be for a ball handler as both the sideline and endline become second and third defenders and gives a great opportunity for a trap. Teams that had success against the press didn’t do so by forcing the ball over the top, more with patient ball movement to methodically move it up the floor. I'm just thankful that I was around such great people. Let’s talk about breaking a press for a second. 1357 possessions. You saw the kind of coach and person he was, and the respect he had around the country. Will that happen with SEC guards? “Controlled chaos” is a term that has been used to describe Louisiana Tech’s press defense and is one that has come up in Florida’s practices. 6 Florida Gators up 62-40 over Lynn in their season opening exhibition, head coach Mike White subbed in freshmen Omar Payne and Ques Glover.They joined on the floor, freshmen Tre Mann and Scottie Lewis along with senior transfer Kerry Blackshear. He won consecutive national championships with the Gators in 2006 and 2007 and went to four Final Fours -- including one in in 2014, the year before jumping to the NBA. But the pandemic had other plans. Dayton's Anthony Grant, Tennessee Tech's John Pelphrey, Georgia State's Rob Lanier and UMass' Matt McCall -- head coaches who worked under Donovan -- had games and couldn't make it. With a pressing defense being promised by Mike White expectations are high that Florida won’t be an easy team to play against. He was a surprise when his commitment was announced for Florida. That includes 2013-14 team, which won a program-record 30 straight games wins. He did it with an outstanding group of assistant coaches and an incredible support staff, but at the end of the day, Billy Donovan created something very special here.". Smith was 6’3”, while Appleby was 6’4”. Unique perspectives on the daily sports topics that matter most. Here’s another thing, something you’ll notice in the clips shared. Louisiana Tech loved denying the sideline passes to quality ball handlers and instead allowing the ball to go to the middle where they could converge from multiple angles. Now Florida has another big that is relentless on the court and will have a place on a team that wants to push the ball on both ends. I think I’m in great shape now.". Donovan will be in attendance since it takes place during the NBA’s All-Star break. I missed out on that, but I didn’t miss too much, we came in and went straight to it. But nope. Eric Fawcett - October 31, 2020. This would be one of my concerns when it comes to Florida pressing in the SEC. The other was Hall of Famer Bob Knight. This was just an obvious way to honor him. In short, he made hoops matter at the football-first school. Florida basketball's court at the O'Connell Center will soon bear the name of the legendary coach who won the program its only two national titles: Billy Donovan. The answer to that question is ‘no.’ Pockets of success, yes. This was just an obvious way to honor him. Donovan and his family got a private unveiling Friday and a public celebration Saturday at halftime of Florida's 84-66 victory against Vanderbilt. They are 26-11 since Thanksgiving, the fourth-best mark in the league over that span. Oftentimes this starts with a player guarding the inbounder, ideally trying to influence a wide pass to one of the corners. The Florida Gators are officially renaming their basketball court after former coach Billy Donovan who led them to back-to-back national championships. “Billy Donovan Court” will be formally introduced Feb. 15 during Florida’s game against Vanderbilt. You can see the terror in the eyes of some of the ball handlers and you can see utter discomfort in their body language. Obviously, teams are going to want to inbound the rock to their best ball handler. In four seasons Louisiana Tech was really successful, posting better numbers when pressing then when not. 1 national ranking in five different seasons under Donovan. You saw the kind of coach and person he was, and the respect he had around the country. A full court pressing style of defense hasn’t been a part of Florida basketball recently but that’s something that looks to be changing in the 2020-21 season. Over the past century, many notable names have worn the vaunted Orange and Blue for the boys from old Florida, though the success of the Billy Donovan era holds a heavy presence when naming the best players of all time. ", Florida to name basketball court after Donovan, Fatal flaws for every team in college basketball's Way-Too-Early Top 25, How one Georgia Tech assistant helped get Election Day off for all D-I athletes, Arizona eliminating 21 jobs as part of $30M cut, OU legend Tubbs, founder of 'Billy Ball', dies at 85, Kentucky lands No. Florida Gators Basketball Among the nearly 30 former players in attendance were Washington guard Bradley Beal and Philadelphia center Al Horford. His teammates see it too. Florida will name its basketball court after former coach Billy Donovan, who led the Gators to two national championships and four Final Four appearances during his 19 seasons in Gainesville. Get the fastest scores, news, videos and more. I think that they should go down as one of the greatest teams of all time. The dedication is set for our Feb. 15 home game against Vanderbilt. Donovan went 467-186 at Florida after notching 35 wins at Marshall, becoming just the second coach in Division I history with 500 career victories before reaching his 50th birthday. As well, when the ball is passed to the middle of the floor that means Louisiana Tech could swarm him from multiple angles. Osifo has played organized basketball  for only the last four years. In these clips you will also see a bit more of a conservative zone press at times, something that could very well be the more effective press at the SEC level. But you can’t teach motor, you can’t teach energy. Donovan left Gainesville in 2015 after a 19-year stint that included two national championships, four trips to the Final Four and 14 NCAA tournament appearances. Osifo wants to find his niche on the team and get on the court whenever he can. Grant's wife did make the trip, though. How good does Olivier Sarr make Kentucky basketball? The 2006 and 2007 national championships are the only back-to-back titles in men's basketball over the past 25 years, and Florida reached a No. In pressing I find myself up higher in the hierarchy just being a guy with a lot of energy, so I’ll be at the top of the press sometimes. You can follow him on Twitter at @Efawcett7. 2014: 0.71 (29.9%) He’s still lacking in some areas of his game. I didn’t anticipate this. Pressing is about making opponents uncomfortable, ideally forcing a turnover but if nothing else bleeding time of the shot clock while the opposition used more energy than normal simply to get the ball over center court. section: | slug: florida-to-name-basketball-court-after-billy-donovan-now-coach-of-the-oklahoma-city-thunder | sport: collegebasketball | route: | Pockets of success, yes, but then he came here and built a program that is recognized as a national brand. While he’s got the ball in his hands, usually the second and third best ball handlers go wide to either sideline as options to have the ball swung to. "It's an incredible honor for him," said Beal, who played one season at Florida before turning pro. An example of that: This has nothing to do with pressing but look at this absurd dunk by Raheem Appleby I came across while going through White’s Louisiana Tech teams. It was methodical, it was cerebral, and most of all, it was measured.