Billy Donovan set to join Catholic U.
Catholic University's first recruit for next season's basketball team is used to being around March Madness. And Billy Donovan - son of the Florida coach with the same name - said he does not anticipate much of a change when he arrives on campus next school year.
"When I visited Catholic and met the players, they treated it like a Division I program," Donovan said Thursday in a phone interview while attending the Southeastern Conference tournament in Nashville. "Their guys were out there working all the time, trying to get better."
A 6-foot-1 guard, Donovan was a four-year starter at St. Francis Catholic in Gainesville. He also considered two smaller colleges in Massachusetts with Division II programs: Bentley and Assumption. He also could have walked on at Florida and played for his father, but was interested in getting out on his own; for most of this year, he went by William while playing for St. Francis, but said that calling him Billy is fine.
Donovan said he was swayed by the possibility of going to school in Washington and was sold on Catholic during his visit.
"I was always interested in the government of Washington, D.C., and the role it played and I was looking for a good Catholic school," Donovan said. "Then I came across CU and saw how their basketball program had done well in recent years."
Catholic, of course, won the Division III national championship in 2001 and Coach Steve Howes this past season became the fastest coach in school history to reach 100 victories. The Cardinals will open their 2010-11 season - the 100th in program history -- with an exhibition game at Notre Dame.
Howes cannot comment on prospective recruits until they enroll in school.
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