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Donovan hires Clemson's Smart

Posted on: June 1, 2008 3:12 pm
Edited on: June 1, 2008 3:20 pm

Billy Donovan completed his Florida staff this weekend by hiring Clemson assistant Shaka Smart, sources have told An official announcement is expected later this week.

Smart is considered one of the brightest young assistants in the business and was instrumental in the rise of Clemson basketball the last few years under Oliver Purnell. The 31-year-old with a bachelor's degree in history from Kenyon College and a master's degree in social science from California University of Pennsylvania will fill the void left on Donovan's staff left by Lewis Preston, who resigned from Florida last week to take a similar position at Penn State.

Donovan's staff now consists of Larry Shyatt, Rob Lanier and Smart.

The Gators should be a preseason Top 25 team.


Since: Oct 8, 2007
Posted on: June 2, 2008 9:14 am

Assistant Coaches


Keep bringing the info on the assistant coaches.  It's tough to find any decent type of information on coaching staffs beyond the obvious face of a University.  Posts like these are often very informative and really germinate an overall knowledge and understanding of what's going on in and around college basketball.



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