Calathes going professional in Europe

Kurt WirthCorrespondent IMay 23, 2009

The Greek pro leagues have offered Nick Calathes first-round NBA Draft money to come play in Greece, and he has reportedly accepted the offer.

This is an absolutely massive blow for Billy Donovan and the Florida Gators as Calathes was the heart and soul of that team a year ago.

Calathes led the Gators in scoring last season and ranked seventh in the SEC with 17.2 points per game, added 5.3 rebounds, was the best-shooting guard in the league at 48.2 percent overall, and was one of the best ball handlers the league has ever seen, touting 6.4 assists to just 3.3 turnovers per game.

This will likely drop Florida out of the preseason Top 25, although this isn’t to say Donovan can’t rebound with as much talent as he has on the roster.