Monday afternoon, the University of Florida announced they would be suspending point guard, Scottie Wilbekin, indefinitely for violating team rules.
No further details about why he was suspended was available but it is a concern that this is his second suspension. Head coach, Billy Donovan, announced Wilbekin was suspended indefinitely, which resulted in Wilbekin missing the first three games of last season. He returned to the lineup on Nov. 18 against Middle Tennessee.
The 6’2″ point guard averaged 9.1 points and 5.0 assists last season. Wilbekin became a defensive stopper in the backcourt and playmaker on the offensive end. His rise was a reason Florida went 29-8.
With Kenny Boynton graduating and Braxton Ogbueze transfering out of the program, the Gators won’t have much depth in the backcourt. While Michael Frazer will accompany freshman Kasey Hill next season, the Gators will need a lot of help, especially in the backcourt, if Florida wants to maintain a title contender.
However with Rutgers transfer, Eli Carter, entering the program next season, it’s unsure whether or not he’ll receive a waiver to play as soon as possible.
With the season in five months, it’ll be interesting to see how long Wilbekin will be suspended for.
With Will Yeguete and Patric Young both undergoing surgeries, and Chris Walker waiting to be deemed eligible to play, the Gators will need every player on their team to play big minutes next season.
[H/T: CBT and CBSSports.com]