No. 13/15 Florida Gators head coach Billy Donovan met with the media this week ahead of his team’s showdown with the Florida State Seminoles on Friday at 7:30 p.m. in Gainesville, FL at the Stephen C. O’Connell Center. The game will air on ESPN2.
Still dealing with its fair share of ailments, Florida basketball has two players out of action for the forseeable future. The most recent injury was suffered on Monday by sophomore guard/forward DeVon Walker, who sprained his foot early in the first half of UF’s win over Middle Tennessee State. He had started every game thus far for the Gators.
“It’s day-to-day right now. X-rays came back negative, no break. It’s not even a sprained ankle. It’s a mid-foot sprain,” Donovan explained on Wednesday. “He tweaked his ligament kind of down on the bottom or the side of his foot, so he’s just doing treatment day to day and he’s not even going to practice today. He may practice [Thursday] so I’m not really sure where he’s at.
“It could take 10 days. It could take a couple of days. A lot depends on how he responds. I think the biggest thing is just making sure it wasn’t a break or a tear and they’ve eliminated all those things so that’s a positive sign.”
Florida is also waiting to see when freshman point guard Kasey Hill will be able to return from his high-ankle sprain, which was originally supposed to keep him out a month. Donovan said Hill is making “positive progress” but would not update his timetable.
“He’s not going to be available for the game against FSU. So you know, I really don’t keep a whole lot of pulse on that,” he said. “Once I find out what the injury is, the trainer’s dealing with him and kind of gives me updates. He is progressing, he is getting better, he is improving. But he’s not remotely close to getting back to the court yet.”
It is starting to sound more and more like Hill will beat his original four-week timetable (no surprise). Expect to see him back potentially as soon as UF’s home game against Kansas on Dec. 10.