Florida head coach Billy Donovan has had his name linked to NBA coaching gigs in the past, and nearly became head coach of the Orlando Magic eight years ago. This morning, one of Donovan's former players, Washington Wizards guard Bradley Beal, said he expects the 49-year-old coach to head to the professional ranks if he has the chance.
Beal offered this opinion during an appearance on the "Dan Patrick Show."
“I agree with the rumors; I think he’ll definitely leave,” Beal said. “He won’t pass that opportunity up too many times, and I think he’ll be a tremendous coach. He loves playing in pick & rolls, loves to space the floor and he gives his players freedom so I think he’ll definitely [do] well in the league.”
Interesting indeed. Donovan has accomplished a lot at the collegiate level, including a pair of national championships, five other trips to the Elite Eight, a runner-up finish in 2000 and a Final Four appearance in 2014.
Donovan turns 50 in May, so he may want to take his shot at the next level while he's still relatively young. Or perhaps Beal is off the mark. Still, it's an intriguing possibility.