Game One Review -- Young Raw, Wilbekin Ready

Perhaps the most interesting thing about Florida's season opening win over UNC-Wilmington is the performance of the Florida freshmen. Florida didn't get a ton from its heralded quintet, but we saw enough to draw early impressions from the most and least touted newcomers as well as the lone veteran off the bench.

Patric Young --- The man-child from Jacksonville Providence is extremely raw in terms of his basketball skills. The big fella went butt over tea kettle on a pump fake, but also showed a nice little lefty mini-hook and picked up a nice assist as well. The biggest issue with him is being more focused on controlling the ball off the glass. He had just one rebound in 12 minutes on the floor and should have had four or five of them. He didn't protect the ball once he first grabbed it and paid for that carelessness. That said, the kid is a phenomenal specimen, has a great attitude and work ethic and will grow into a great college player over the course of the next several months.

Scottie Wilbekin --- What a waste it would be for this kid to be playing small school ball as a high school senior. He is well put together and, as the son of a coach, obviously has a marvelous feel for the game. He never took a possession off defensively and led the team with four steals in just 17 minutes of playing time. He also led the Gators with five assists, had just one turnover and scored three points without missing a shot. You can't expect anything close to that line against Ohio State on Tuesday, but skeptics that thought it was a mistake for Billy Donovan to take a would be high school senior and put him on the Gator roster couldn't be more wrong.

Erik Murphy --- It was a really good night for the sophomore big man as he showed off his shooting range by knocking down a three pointer on his way to a 10 point, two rebound night in 16 minutes. He looked confident offensively and alert defensively, though he still needs to get stronger. Some of those "tug of war" battles he won against UNC-Wilmington will be losses against high level competition. Still he should produce quite a bit more than the 3.5 points and 2.4 rebounds he logged as a freshman.

Tuesday against Ohio State we will learn a great deal more about these players and the entire Gator team. The matchup with the Buckeyes might be the most important non-conference game this season because it's clearly the best team that will visit the O'Dome this season.


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