Gators lose guard Kasey Hill to injury
Florida's 67-53 victory over Southern University came fairly easily, but it wasn't without a cost.
Gators freshman guard Kasey Hill suffered a high ankle sprain and will miss at least one month.
"It’s one of those sprains where it’s certainly a longer healing process and when you try to rush guys back too soon it normally complicates things," Florida coach Billy Donovan said. "So right now I think in talking to the doctor and talking to our trainer, the minimum right now is we’re looking at a month before we can consider getting him back on the floor. It’s unfortunate. It’s a part of the game. We’ll have to find some different ways to compensate for his absence."
With 18:04 remaining in the game, Hill was fouled as he drove to the basket, and the collision caused his left ankle to take a gruesome, awkward turn.
Hill let out an anguished scream as he went to the ground, and spent about a minute writhing in pain under the basket before he was helped from the floor.
“I thought it was his knee,” said senior center Patric Young, who had 12 points and six rebounds. “He was just spinning in pain and I was just trying to talk to him real quick and get him calmed down, trying to get him to breathe. . . Of course we were thinking now that we don’t have a true point guard on our squad right now. Who knows when Scottie’s (Wilbekin) coming back? So I was just thinking about the next game. Not having him out there is going to change everything a little bit.”
Without a true point guard, Donovan said it will hamper his ability to be creative on offense, but he doesn't anticipate any new additions to the roster.
“We’re going to go with what we’ve got," he said. "We’re going to probably have to do some different things, we’re going to have to make some lineup adjustments, changes. I think we’re going to have to do some different things on defense. We’re going to have to do some things to protect some guys in foul trouble. We’re going to probably have to have multiple guys handle the ball. I think we’ve got to be able to flow on offense, function, once we get into half court. And obviously the quick turnaround playing now and then having Tuesday and Wednesday and playing again Thursday, there’s going to be a lot we’re going to have to adjust to be functional a little bit better. Because I really thought when he went out, there were a couple of plays I thought we handled very nicely and I thought there were some plays that wasn’t good. And that’s not their fault. We haven’t worked enough with some of those other guys so that’s not their fault. Those guys (Young and Will Yeguete) are probably icing and stuff. They have the same thing all the time. They’re fine. Those guys – knock on wood – have been at practice. Will’s done really, really good. Actually this week going into the Little Rock game he was at every practice leading up to that. He practiced this weekend and he practiced yesterday. He’s doing well.”
Hill will undergo further tests to determine if the injury is more severe.
"That’s just the prognosis right now," Donovan said. "I’ve got to believe they’ll do an X-ray tomorrow to rule those things out. Is it a ligament tear, a fracture or anything else like that? Preliminary, the doctor looking at him, where he’s having pain, they feel like, flexibility-wise, moving his ankle around, I think they’re pretty confident right now that it’s not broken, but I wouldn’t be surprised if they go in and X-ray him tomorrow.”