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Donovan Still Optimistic Without Beal

The 2012-13 Gators took a hit on Friday when Brad Beal announced his intentions to declare for the NBA Draft, but Florida head coach Billy Donovan still has plenty that he's optimistic about for next season. Florida returns depth and experience in the frontcourt with athletic guards that can score. There are areas for players to emerge, but Donovan thinks he has the bodies to make that happen.

"I'm excited about our team next year," Billy Donovan said on Friday morning. "Anytime you lose a good player (Brad Beal), it always hurts your team. We lose a terrific player and a guy that would've scored more than he did as a freshman, but his departure will open up opportunities for other guys." Florida will lose 14.8 points and 6.7 rebounds per game that Beal produced last season. He led the...

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