Florida freshman G Brandone Francis is academically ineligible for the 2014-15 season, Billy Donovan announced Wednesday at a season-opening press conference.
Francis, who finished his high school career at Jacksonville's Arlington Country Day School, hails from the Dominincan Republic; the uncommon path of spending some of high school outside the United States and then finishing at a U.S. school often leads to transcript issues. Francis's enrollment was delayed this summer as Florida worked to get him cleared to enroll and to play.
The hope that Francis would eventually get cleared and provide helpful depth for Florida on the wing apparently didn't pan out.
Francis's situation recalls that of Kansas wing Ben McLemore, who missed the 2011-12 season after being academically ineligible, then starred for the Jayhawks in 2012-13 before being taken with the seventh pick in the 2013 NBA Draft. Francis isn't quite the player McLemore was, of course, but he is very likely to significantly help Florida down the road
Without Francis, Florida will be missing a tall, physical guard in its backcourt, with Kasey Hill and Michael Frazier expected to start and Eli Carter, Chris Chiozza, and Dillon Graham set to back them up in some capacity.