Wilbekin says Allen gave up scholarship for him

By Adam Silverstein
May 14, 2010

The Florida Gatorsnewest 2010 basketball commitment, The Rock School junior point guard Scottie Wilbekin (Gainesville, FL), told Florida Today on Thursday that Florida redshirt sophomore forward Adam Allen plans to give up his athletic scholarship in order to open up a spot on the team for him next season.

Wilbekin said Thursday night that backup forward Adam Allen is giving up his scholarship so the Gators could sign him. Allen qualifies for a Bright Futures scholarship to pay for his education.

By giving up his basketball scholarship, Allen allows Wilbekin to be signed while still having the chance to rejoin the team for the 2010-11 season as a walk-on with his education being covered by the state of Florida. He could also choose to retire due to chronic knee problems that have plagued him since he arrived in Gainesville.

If what Wilbekin says is true, the Gators are now only one scholarship over the NCAA’s limit of 13 due to their six-player signing class. Most expect freshman point guard Rod Tishman’s spot on the team to open up one way or another.

4 Comments

  1. El Meester says:

    Adam Allen has earned a ton of respect from me. This is a totally selfless act on his part and I really hope to see him back on the court next season.

    Anybody know how walk-on athletes are treated differently than scholarship athletes? Such as, do walk-ons pay their own way to road games?

  2. To be honest El Meester, I’m a little surprised that no one else has shared the same comment as you. Completely selfless and respectable – I agree. Young man has a good head on his shoulders.

    I know that walk-ons don’t get scholarships (obviously) and don’t get a per diem when the team goes away…but it would seem silly to not let them travel with the team. I’d have to actually find out more about this.

  3. El Meester says:

    ^^Thanks for the response Adam. I am quite curious to find out some of the differences. Let us know what you find. Thanks!

  4. Spike says:

    One must assume they travel with the team. Several walk ons have had game time on some road games over the years. Don’t they bought a ticket on their own dime to sit the benchand maybe play

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