Donovan: Court vision must improve

GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- No. 12 Florida made it through a brutal non-conference stretch with an impressive 11-2 record, but coach Billy Donovan still isn't fully satisfied with where his team's at.

Billy Donovan wants point guard Scottie Wilbekin's vision to improve off the dribble.

One of the main things he's been frustrated with lately has been the lack of ball movement or awareness on the offensive end of the court.

"We don't see well enough right now. We would be great on a horse track, because we play like this sometimes," said Donovan, holding his hands up to either side of his face to demonstrate his team's tube vision.

"We've just got these blinders on and they can't see left or right, they can only see right in front of them. I think it's a matter of showing film and teaching them, trying to help them, because they drive the ball and there's guys standing wide open and the guy's like this (waving his arms) and they don't see him. They do not see him."

The Gators have been a fantastic defensive team, holding opponents to 58.8 points per game.

They've been effective on offense, shooting 46.0 percent as a team. But Billy Donovan sees a world of untapped potential that has gone unused due to poor court vision.

"There's times where I'm like, 'What are you looking at right now?'" he said. "It's more than just like a narrow path, guys are around. Have an awareness where everybody's at."

Undoubtedly, Donovan would like to see the team get a better feel for where sophomore sharpshooter Michael Frazier II is at all times. Frazier's shooting an eye-popping 49.3 percent from beyond the three-point arc, but it seems at least once or twice per game he's wide open and doesn't get the ball.

Once Florida can maximize that potential, it'll have fewer scares like it did Saturday against Richmond, when the team shot poorly and was stuck in a tight game.

"I've just got to try to keep on showing that and we've got to get better at it," Donovan said. "We've got to get much, much better at it."

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