Updated on Nov. 3 at 9:00 p.m.
No. 8/10 Florida Gators basketball got a chance to work out some kinks Friday night, exactly one week ahead of their 2013-14 season opener, with a 110-88 victory over the Florida Southern Mocs at the Stephen C. O’Connell Center.
HIGHLIGHTS (via GatorVision)
Senior forward Casey Prather was the main man for Florida, registering game-highs in points (23), assists (7) and steals (4) while grabbing six rebounds, shooting 8-of-10 from the field and hitting all seven of his free throw attempts in 22 minutes.
Prather definitely looked like he had taken yet another step forward in the offseason, displaying an even temperament and driving to the hoop with authority. He had a couple of highlight dunks and showed great confidence and poise throughout the evening.
First-year point guard Kasey Hill took a first step toward living up to the hype his five-star rating has placed upon his shoulders. His speed helped him blow past defenders – and even his own teammates – as he drove to the hoop with ease in transition and showed the type of tenacity at the position that Florida has been searching for since Taurean Green left the team in 2007.
Hill finished with 17 points on 6-of-13 shooting with three dimes and three boards. He missed all three of his attempts from beyond the arc and committed three turnovers in the contest but appeared to be on the same page with his teammates.
“He showed some really great glimpses in transition, open floor passes. Obviously as a freshman he’s going to have some growing pains and some ups and downs. He had some turnovers, didn’t have a high number of assists, but certainly his explosiveness in the open floor showed out when he had a head of steam,” Donovan said.
“I’m going to probably need to learn him a little bit in terms of what his body language looks like when he starts to get tired. But I still think that the tempo, the pace he needs to play with, he needs to play with that level of intensity all the time.”