Gators F Casey Prather named Co-SEC Player of the Week

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Florida senior F Casey Prather was named Co-SEC Player of the Week today for his performances last week against Jacksonville and Florida State. He shares the weekly honor with Mississippi State’s Craig Sword.

Prather averaged 23 points and 4.5 rebounds in leading the Gators to wins over the Dolphins and Seminoles.

He made 73.9 percent (17-of-13) of his field goals for the week, including going 11-of-13 against JU.

Sword averaged 18 points and five rebounds in wins over Jackson State and Loyola (Ill.), and made what turned out to be to be game-winning baskets in both games.

Prather is the Gators' leading scorer with 19.1 points and 5.7 rebounds per game. After struggling his first three seasons with injuries and adjusting to the college game, Prather is finally thriving.

What does he attribute that newfound success to?

“Just being more aggressive, I guess," Prather said. "More aggressie (and) just try to stay consistent how aggressive I play each and every night.”

Florida coach Billy Donovan said Prather has matured and grow into his game.

"I think this is the first time I think where the game’s slowed down for him, he’s playing with a clearer head and understanding," Donovan said. "I think he’s a guy that probably the first couple of years in his career was really painful for him. He was a deer in the headlights a lot of times. The lights came on and he was very unsure of himself. And I think for him this year, he’s got a better, he’s playing to his strengths, he’s not forcing shots, he’s not trying to make plays that aren’t there. He’s been a lot more productive and selective. And I think the fact when you’re a player and you know you’re going to be on the floor, you know you’re going to be out there, sometimes it’s a little bit easier because you know you’re going to be there. When you’re a younger guy and you get into the game and you don’t know how long you’re going to be there – is it going to be based on how well I play, do I make a mistake, am I coming right out? There’s a lot more pressure you have to deal with. But I think for him it’s a little bit easier because he knows what we want and what we need from him and he’s been playing with good pace and good patience."

[Last modified: Monday, December 2, 2013 1:38pm]

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