Florida guard Scottie Wilbekin suspended indefinitely

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Florida coach Billy Donovan said today he has suspended junior guard Scottie Wilbekin for Friday night's season opener against Georgetown, and the suspension could extend beyond the Georgetown game. 

"I suspended him for the game,'' Donovan said. "I think when a coach makes a decision sometimes, it's an easy way to portray somebody in a negative light. Scottie Wilbekin is a great kid, and I trust him as a person. I think like anything else, sometimes people make mistakes, make wrong decisions. But I think as a coach, when you're coaching a group and you've got a group of 12 other guys that are looking to see how a coach is going to respond, of what's right and what's wrong, this was the right decision in my opinion to have him not be a part of this game. Because he needs to understand there's a level of accountability and responsibility he has being a part of this team. It was my decision. He could have played today, but I think because of our team being aware of it, and me being aware of it, and again, I'm not going to go into detail. But right now, it was left up to me to make the decision and I made the decision because I thought it was the right decision. I think it was right for Scottie, it was right of our team. And it's an important message to our guys to understand there is a commitment you have to make each and every day - on the court, off the court, in school and every aspect of your life."

Donovan said the decision was not based on an arrest or an NCAA violation.

"Information was brought to me, and basically I think the one thing I would say about my decision as it relates to talking to Scottie, he's very, very remorseful, feels very, very bad. Internally he's really, really hurt by it and took responsibility and accepted being accountable."

Wilbekin was expected to be the Gators' starting point guard this season after seeing extended playing time in a reserve role as a freshman and sophomore. Donovan said he has not decided on a definite starting lineup in the game against the Hoyas, but senior guard Kenny Boynton most likely will see time at point guard.

More from Donovan on the issue and how it will affect Friday's game:

[Last modified: Thursday, November 8, 2012 4:01pm]

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