Veterans have question marks

While the Gators wait for eligibility answers with one freshman and hope for production from three transfers, the Florida coaching staff doesn't have many players without questions. That includes three of the four seniors on the roster. Billy Donovan is optimistic after two seniors had offseason surgery, but the suspension of Scottie Wilbekin has yielded no answers yet.

The suspension of Scottie Wilbekin happened for an undisclosed violation of team rules on June 10. The Florida coaching staff hasn't had any updates in the last month, stating that Wilbekin will simply have to work his way back to the team. With Billy Donovan overseas coaching the U19 USA Basketball team until earlier this week, he has been away from the situation.

Donovan said he would sit down with Wilbekin at the beginning of the fall semester and see where the situation stands.

"He's got a road to hoe a little bit here to get him back," Donovan said. "There's some things out there in front of him that he needs to do right now. He's working hard to try to do those things, but this is not a situation where this is going to be something that's all of a sudden going to be a quick fix. This isn't one of those things where I say this guy is suspended and all the sudden he's back here in the middle of Summer B."

Donovan hopes Wilbekin can lead off the court

Donovan said he believes Wilbekin is working out on his own and trying to stay in shape this summer, but that isn't happening in the Florida basketball facility.

"The rest of the summer, he's not part of our team," Donovan said.

Senior forward Will Yeguete had surgery on his knee May 22 with around a four-month recovery time. Yeguete missed time during the 2012-13 season with a knee injury and needed another surgery this offseason to clean it up.

"It's going to be a long road for him just recovery, just the length of time because of the surgery," Donovan said.

Yeguete's energy is key to the Gators

Even with the extended recovery, Donovan said he expects Yeguete to be completely healthy by the time the team opens fall practice. He's currently on crutches and working to build strength in the knee this summer.

"In terms of the healing process and him being back and being able to play or ready to play this year, we feel totally optimistic about that," Donovan said. He's been able to move his leg a lot more (with the brace). I think with the surgery there's a real healing time the first six to eight weeks, they've got to really let him rest. He'll start doing more and more rehab right now. I don't think there's anything that we're concerned about that he would not be ready to practice once we start."

Florida center Patric Young also went through offseason surgery. It removed a bone spur from his right ankle. Young was back home recovering from the surgery during Summer A classes, but he's now back on campus and going through workouts with the rest of the team. He is expected to be completely healthy by the start of practices in the fall.

"He's really worked hard," Donovan said. "He's doing fine and he's progressing fine. He's basically healthy right now, doing workouts. He wasn't here for the first session of summer school, but now he's with the rest of the guys."

Young is almost healthy


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