Donovan updates Prather, Wilbekin

Donovan updates Prather, Wilbekin

Florida has opened the season without two key players. Starting point guard Scottie Wilbekin was suspended the day before the Gators were scheduled to open the season against Georgetown for an undisclosed reason. Forward Casey Prather suffered a concussion the week of the Georgetown game that kept him out. Donovan isn't sure when either will return to action.

The concussion to Casey Prather was a scary moment for the Florida staff. The junior missed the exhibition win over Nebraska-Kearney because of a concussion, and days after being cleared from it, he suffered another one in practice while preparing for Georgetown.

Donovan said after Sunday's 84-35 win over Alabama State that Prather will miss Wednesday's game against Wisconsin and likely Sunday's game against Middle Tennessee State. He is still having symptoms from the concussions, including headaches, and the coaches won't rush him back.

"With him having a concussion previously and the second one being so far removed from the first one, I can just sense from the doctors and people on staff medically, that this is going to be a process before he gets back on the floor," Donovan said. "I would not be surprised if it's another two weeks."

Even with the uncertainty in Prather's situation, it's more concrete compared to situation with Scottie Wilbekin. There was a report on Saturday night that said Wilbekin would be suspended for four games, but Donovan said on Sunday that it hasn't been decided yet.

"I'm going to find out a lot more," Donovan said. "I have not met with him since we've been back. I saw him briefly to say hello to him, but I have not spoken to him at all. There is still information I have to gather."

Donovan said that he doesn't plan to play Wilbekin on Wednesday against Wisconsin unless "some of the things that I find out this week can change."

Wilbekin wasn't around the team on Saturday when the Gators went through practice to prepare for Alabama State. He wasn't with the team on the bench Sunday, either. Donovan didn't want him around the team on Saturday with such an abbreviated turnaround time to prepare for the Hornets.

"He hasn't practiced and hasn't been around the team," Donovan said. "One of our assistant coaches did work him out and he did go in the weight room. He's not banned from our facility. I still want to reach out to him. He's still a part of our team and our family and those kinds of things."

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