Gator men's basketball battling early injuries, lack of depth
When Florida plays Richmond this weekend, the Gators will have had nine days off since their first loss of the season to Syracuse, but injuries have made practice more of a challenge than coach Billy Donovan would like this time of year.
Freshman forward Erik Murphy could miss Saturday's game with a shoulder injury he sustained in the Syracuse game on Dec. 10.
"We’re a little banged up which has been problem,'' Donovan said Tuesday morning. "Murphy has been out for the whole week, he has not practiced at all because of a shoulder injury he got in the Syracuse game. I don’t know if he’ll be able to play against Richmond. I think time will tell on that.''
The Gators have also been without forward Kenny Kadji who has been hampered by a back injury for several weeks, and that has led to a shortage of practice players.
"Murphy, and then Kenny Kadji being out is hard,'' Donovan said. "So since right around the Syracuse time, we’ve been practicing with eight guys. And it’s been the balance of keeping them in shape physically competing and also trying to get ourselves healthy. Last week Ray (Shipman) dealt with some injuries with his foot, but he’s fine. And right now it’s Murphy and Kadji that are out. That’s two front court players. So at practice we’re having to slide Chandler (Parsons) down to the power forward spot, Dan Werner at times has had to play some center , as have Alex (Tyus) and Vern (Macklin). So we’ve had our challenges in practice just because we’re not totally healthy. And there’s a fine line: you want to get the guys that are out healthy, but the guys that are healthy, we’ve still got to work to get better.''