Posted: 12:46 p.m. Monday, June 10, 2013
By Jason Lieser
Florida starting point guard Scottie Wilbekin is in trouble again.
The Gators announced today that he is suspended indefinitely for an undisclosed violation of team rules, marking the second time that has happened in the past eight months. The ban means he cannot participate in Florida’s ongoing informal workouts. Official practices start in the fall, and UF opens the season Nov. 8 against North Florida.
After two years on the bench, he emerged as a starter during his junior season. He led the team in minutes per game (31.9), assists per game (5.0) and total steals (53) last year. He also averaged 9.1 points per game.
UF coach Billy Donovan suspended him for an undisclosed violation last year, causing him to miss the season opener against Georgetown. It was a nationally televised game aboard the U.S.S. Bataan, though it ultimately was canceled at halftime due to court conditions.
Wilbekin sat out the following two games before Donovan allowed him to come off the bench in UF’s third official game of the year.
This issue could threaten Wilbekin’s starting spot, which already might have been in jeopardy due to the signing of all-America freshman PG Kasey Hill. Hill, from Montverde Academy, was a top-10 prospect nationally.