It has been a few days since the Florida Gators cut down the nets, and became the first team since Duke to win back to back championships. I have been reading a ton of writers trying to compare the Gators and the 91-92 Blue Devils teams.
Don’t worry, you won’t have to read another one here. You can’t compare teams from different eras, in my opinion. Duke’s team was great, and Florida’s team was great. Why can’t we just leave it at that. I do tip my cap to the Florida Gators, and Billy Donovan. I have always looked kindly on players who stuck around as long as they could. The Gators did, and they accomplished their goal. For the record, I don’t really care about Florida, but glad I won’t have to see Joakim Noah anymore. AMEN.
As I write this, everyone is reporting that Donovan is in fact staying at Florida. However, the big four of Noah, Horford, Brewer, and Green are all leaving. Hats off to Donovan for staying, and wanting to continue to build Florida basketball. He is on his way to becoming the face of a University much like Coach K. He just has to compete with Urban Meyers.
The Duke Blue Devils didn’t have to wait for news about Josh McRoberts. Shortly after the Blue Devils were bounced from the tournament, he announced he was leaving for the NBA, I have said my piece about McRoberts, but I am glad he made up his decision quickly unlike some people, *cough* Patrick Patterson *cough*.
I understand that this is an important decision for recruits like Patterson, but last year Blue Devils fans had to wait on Lance Thomas, which hopefully will pay. With Donovan now staying at Florida, Patterson finally will give up on Kentucky and put his two choices: Duke and Florida.
This might seem a little bias, but as of right know, Duke is closer to a national championship than Florida. Duke is looking like Florida two years ago. Just a little bit of experience, and BOOM. Florida, even with a few talented players, is going to have to restock. But after two championships (three counting football), it is about time they have to rebuild.
Eventually Patterson will have to decide, because the spring signing period begins April 11, and if I am correct, only lasts a week. So do what you got to do Patterson. Take off school, lock yourself in a room. I don’t care. Just make the decision. The right decision.