| ||Wednesday, May 10|
Donovan: Harvey's decision final
|ESPN.com news services|
GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Freshman forward Donnell Harvey, who helped Florida reach its first national title game last month, has apparently played his final game for the Gators. The 6-foot-8, 216-pound Harvey on Tuesday made himself eligible for the NBA draft. "Donnell has made a final decision that he is going to move forward and forgo his final three years at Florida and pursue an NBA career," Gators coach Billy Donovan said. ESPN.com's Andy Katz reported April 26 that Harvey would declare for the draft but leave open the possibility of returning to school, acording to a source close to Harvey. Harvey has until May 14 to get his letter into the NBA office. But he can pull his name out of consideration up until June 21, a week before the two-round draft. "Donnell will declare for the draft, that's the bottom line," said a source close to Harvey told Katz. "He's completed all his classes and put himself in position so that he can be eligible. If a mock draft shows him in the third round (there are only two) then we'll see that he made a mistake. He's prepared to go back to school. It's totally his decision. He hasn't been coerced." Harvey averaged 10.2 points and 7.0 rebounds in 37 games for the national runnerup Gators. He scored nine points and was three of 11 in 16 minutes in the title-game loss to Michigan State in Indianapolis. Harvey joins Gators teammate Mike Miller, who departed school after his sophomore campaign, to make himself eligible for the NBA this spring. NBA scouts have told ESPN.com that Harvey is a borderline first-round pick. If Harvey were drafted in the first round, it would be based on his aggressive play on the court, not his offensive skills.
Florida announces Miller leaving Gators for NBA
NBA draft: First-round projections
NBA draft: Top 3 at each position
Early-entry candidates for NBA draft