Gators get Wilbekin, Hill back for Kansas game
When Florida hosts Kansas in a sold-out game tonight at the O'Connell Center, the Gators will have the benefit of having its two point guards back in action, albeit potentially limited action.
Injured senior G Scottie Wilbekin and freshman G Kasey Hill are both expected to play tonight.
Wilbekin sprained his ankle in the Dec. 2 game against UConn, but has has the luxury of having the week off because the Gators didn't have a game.
Hill suffered a high ankle sprain against Southern on Nov. 18 and was expected to miss about one month. How much he'll be able to play tonight is unknown.
This will be the first time the two guards have played together. Wilbekin missed the first five games of the season due to a suspension for violation of team rules and Hill had been injured when he returned.
"Scottie’s fine, he’s been back to practice," Florida coach Billy Donovan said. "We probably were a little precautionary with him coming out of the UConn game. He probably could have practiced the next day but the trainer wanted to give him two days. Very limited swelling, very limited soreness ... not a problem. Kasey Hill will be available to play tomorrow. It’s really hard for me to say how much he will play or will not play. Yesterday was the first day he has done some things as it relates to contact. There has been some tentativeness there. He’s not in great pain. I think he’s probably still recovering. This is the first time he’s been able to get out there. We’ve been doing individual workouts and those kind of things with him. What his role would be in tomorrow’s game would be too hard to say but right now I would say right now that he would be available to be put into the game. Unlike when Scottie was out for six games, I kind of said going into the Jacksonville game that there were no limitations on his playing time. There are really no limitations on Kasey’s playing time from the doctors in terms of he can only play 10-12-15 minutes. But because he’s been out and been out of practice so long – it’s been nearly about three weeks right now – I just don’t know what I’m going to get from him. We’ll give him an opportunity. He’ll have another day of practice under his belt. Hopefully he will get back to feeling more comfortable. He feels pretty good right now and as long as that continues we’ll use him as we need him.”