The Florida men’s basketball team is preparing for this season coming off a 26-11 record and an Elite Eight appearance last season, but early season injuries have already become a problem for the Gators. Damontre Harris, a 6’10″ junior transfer from South Carolina suffered a dislocated shoulder and a torn labrum during practice Saturday. Gator head coach Billy Donovan says if his injury requires surgery, it will keep him from playing until late March or April.
Having Harris in practice was a huge help to the Gator starting center, 6’9″ Patric Young because he went up against a player in practice each day with similar size and strength. prepare for season with someone similar to his height.
Florida also has to replace starting point guard Erving Walker who graduated; one player who could see time there is 6’2″, 190 pound senior Kenny Boynton. Donovan says this is not only a good transition for Boynton but for the team as a whole.
Boynton says he isn’t worried about the transition.
Another player expected to play a huge role for the Orange and Blue this season is Scottie Wilbekin. Donovan says Wilbekin is also capable of playing point guard.
The Gators open the season with an exhibition game on November 1st.