Point guard position in flux

The Gators head into offseason workouts with questions in the backcourt. It was supposed to be a position of strength because of the experience of senior point guard Scottie Wilbekin, but his suspension has left questions about what the Gators will do at the position. There are more questions with a freshman star and eligibility questions around Rutgers transfer Eli Carter.

1. Will Scottie Wilbekin return to the team? The senior point guard got off to a rough start in his final offseason as a part of the Florida program. The Gators announced on June 10 that Wilbekin was suspended from the team for undisclosed reasons. It was Wilbekin's second suspension in seven months.

The first suspension was announced the day the Gators traveled to Jacksonville for their season opener against Georgetown. Including the game against the Hoyas that wasn't finished because of a slippery court, Wilbekin missed the first three games of the season.

The second suspension could yield more games missed in the 2013-14 season, if he is allowed to return. The Florida basketball program has been quiet about the suspension, but it's likely that Donovan will handle it like the first suspension -- set the ground rules that Wilbekin must complete before being allowed back on the team.

Wilbekin's experience is important to the team

Of course, Donovan and the Florida staff could elect to just get rid of Wilbekin. His second suspension in seven months isn't the best showcase of leadership, especially for an incoming freshman point guard in Kasey Hill that Wilbekin was expected to start over. Ultimately, the decision of whether or not Wilbekin will return and how long a suspension could last will likely come down to how the senior lives up to the expectations of the coaching staff this offseason.

2. How much can Kasey Hill contribute? The five-star point guard was always expected to get on the floor immediately, but with Wilbekin's off the court issues, Hill's minutes should increase even more than expected. The second-ranked point guard in the 2013 recruiting class will be a key part of the Florida team during the 2013-14 season.

Hill and Wilbekin have some similar parts to their games. Hill is credited for his ability to create for teammates and has ball handling, two areas that Wilbekin excelled at last season. He's an intelligent basketball player, too. Hill needs to add weight to his frame to help him become a better defender. That's the biggest drop off between Wilbekin and Hill, but it's to be expected between a senior and a freshman.

Hill is expected to contribute immediately

3. Will Eli Carter be eligible immediately? This is the question that will go a long way in determining how the point guard position lines up for the Gators this season. If Carter is eligible, he'll be able to handle the point guard duties with Hill until Wilbekin returns, or for the entire season if he doesn't return.

The decision is now put on Rutgers. When Carter decided to transfer to Florida, the Gators knew they would be waiting on Rutgers to sign off on allowing Carter to play early. The Gators expect to know more in the next month or two about Carter's eligibility.

Carter, who is enrolled in Gainesville and going through summer classes and workouts, served as the leading scorer at Rutgers. He averaged 14.9 points while shoot 32 percent from behind the three-point line and 86.4 percent from the free throw line. The Gators desperately needed a player that could create his own offense at the end of last season, and Carter should bring that to the roster if he's eligible to play this year.

Carter could make an immediate impact if eligible


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