Florida's Speights tells Donovan he's staying in draft

Florida sophomore forward Marreese Speights will keep his name in the draft and not return to the Gators.

Speights told Billy Donovan on Thursday morning that he wouldn't return to Florida.

Speights averaged 14.5 points and 8.1 rebounds for the Gators. He is projected as a mid- to late first-round draft pick.

The deadline to withdraw from the draft is Monday.

A formal release from Florida is expected later Thursday.

Andy Katz covers men's college basketball for ESPN.com.