Last August when Montverde (Montverde, Fla.) forward Noah Dickerson committed to Florida he did so operating under the assumption that he’d be learning under the direction of head coach Billy Donovan.
On Wednesday news broke that the Oklahoma City Thunder reached out to Donovan about their vacant head coaching position.
Dickerson said he hasn’t spoken to Donovan since his name was being thrown around as a possible candidate with the Thunder, but said if Donovan takes the job he “can’t just say I would still go to Florida.”
“I love the school, but Coach Donovan was the biggest reason I picked Florida,” Dickerson said. “If he’s not there… I just don’t know; not saying I wouldn’t go, I just can’t say flat out I’d go without him there. I can’t say that.”
Donovan took the Orlando Magic coaching job in 2007 but backed out and agreed to a no-compete clause preventing him from accepting an NBA job. The agreement expired in 2013.
Dickerson, a four-star recruit who signed with the Gators during the NCAA’s Early Signing Period in November, was originally committed to Georgetown.
Earlier this month he helped Montverde win its third consecutive DICK’s Sporting Goods High School Nationals title.
“Until I hear that he’s gone, I’ll assume he’s gonna be my coach at Florida next season,” Dickerson said. “If that changes I’ll have to think about it.”
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