Florida may have to endure the remainder of the most daunting part of its schedule without a point guard.
Two weeks after decorated freshman Kasey Hill suffered a high ankle sprain expected to sideline him at least through mid-December, incumbent point guard Scottie Wilbekin went down with a similar injury Monday night at UConn. X-Rays on Wilbekin's right ankle came back negative on Tuesday and the timetable for his return is unknown.
The timing of Wilbekin's injury is not ideal with games against Kansas and Memphis up next on Florida's schedule. Assuming neither Wilbekin nor Hill can return to the lineup for either of those two contests, ball handling and distributing responsibilities will fall to players unaccustomed to that role.
Sharpshooter Michael Frazier is the most likely candidate to shift to point guard, a dicey solution since the wing lacks either the lateral quickness on defense or the distributing ability on offense to be effective at point guard. Frazier also filled in at point guard when Wilbekin and Hill missed a win over Middle Tennessee last month, scoring 13 points but dishing out just two assists and committing two turnovers.
Beyond Frazier, there simply aren't many options for a Gators team ravaged by injuries to guards. Freshman Dillon Graham is out for the season because of bone spurs in his hips and Rutgers transfer Eli Carter may redshirt this season thanks to complications in his recovery from a broken leg.
Florida has split the first two games of its hellacious three-week stretch, edging rival Florida State by one before falling at the buzzer Monday night at UConn on a Shabazz Napier jumper.
Another December loss or two won't be fatal for a team with top 15 talent when fully healthy, but it would leave the Gators with work to do in SEC play to reclaim their high preseason ranking.
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