Gators basketball team suspends three players

#10 ranked Florida could start the season with only 5 players. Coach Billy Donovan suspended three stars.

#10 ranked Florida could start the season with only 5 players. Coach Billy Donovan suspended three stars.

No. 10 Florida will start the season with three players suspended. The Gators could very well begin its season with just five players who are both healthy and on scholarship. That’s right — five

Coach Billy Donovan says big men Dorian Finney-Smith and Damontre Harris have been suspended indefinitely, joining point guard Scottie Wilbekin on the sideline.

The reason? An unspecified violation of team rules. Finney-Smith is a transfer forward from Virginia Tech who sat out last year and was believed to be one of the best players on the team during his transitional year.

Harris is a junior big man who averaged 6.8 points and 5.5 rebounds last season. They join  Wilbekin, a starting guard in the past for the Gators, on the sit list. Wilbekin was reprimanded by Donovan in June but rejoined the team in practice less than two weeks after the preseason began. Wilbekin also sat out to start the year last season.

All three players are being punished for an undisclosed violation of team rules. They won’t play in Friday’s exhibition game against Florida Southern or the Nov. 8 season opener against North Florida.

Donovan gave no timetable for their return, meaning they also could be spectators when the Gators play at No. 20 Wisconsin on Nov. 12.

Making Florida even thinner, guard Michael Frazier II is out indefinitely with mononucleosis. And forward Will Yeguete (knee surgery) and guard Eli Carter (broken leg) are still recovering from injuries and likely will play limited minutes early in the season.

 

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