Media day storylines

The Florida basketball program will host media day on Wednesday before starting practice on October 11. The Gators will try to find a new identity after losing three starters from last season in Kenny Boynton, Erik Murphy and Mike Rosario to graduation, but there are plenty of questions that surround the team as the start of practice gets closer.

1.What will this team look like? It will be interesting to see the style of play this team uses. The three-point shot has been an important part of the Florida program for a long time, but with the loss of Kenny Boynton, Erik Murphy and Mike Rosario, the Gators lost 204 of their 300 three-pointers made last season.

The only proven three-point shooters on the roster are Michael Frazier and Scottie Wilbekin. Frazier was fourth on the team with 52 three-pointers and hit 46.8 percent of them last season while Wilbekin hit 35.9 percent. The third highest returning number of three-pointers is Casey Prather with two.

So what do the Gators do to generate offense? They'll need Frazier to take the next step in his development, and an offensive improvement from Patric Young would go a long way. The Gators should score enough points this season, but they'll have to play good defense this year.

2. Will there be suspensions? The rumors have been building throughout the offseason. Scottie Wilbekin has been suspended from the team and working out on his own, but he will rejoin the team for practice on October 11. He will miss game time this season, but there haven't been an announced number of games. This will push five-star freshman point guard Kasey Hill into a starting role early in the year.

Multiple other names are rumored to be suspended at the start of the season. Billy Donovan could eliminate the rumors and announce them on Wednesday at media day.

3. When will the team be healthy? Even without suspensions, there are still multiple questions on the roster because of health. The NCAA recently granted Rutgers transfer Eli Carter immediate eligibility, but he's still recovering from a broken leg he suffered last February. He will not be on the court during Florida's first practice on Friday.

Donovan also said that forward Will Yeguete won't be able to practice on Friday. He underwent surgery in May to repair cartilage in his knee. He continues to rehab the injury.

4. Can Patric Young improve? Young returns for his senior season, but there is still plenty of room for improvement. His conditioning has always been the issue. The Gators need Young to be in the best shape this season and play with the effort necessary. When he does that and runs the floor, he's among the most disruptive defensive players in the country. When he doesn't do that, it gets ugly.

Young also needs to improve his rebounding. As a junior, he averaged just 6.3 rebounds per game despite his size and stature. That needs to change this season. An uptick in offensive improvement would help Florida, too, but that could come with more touches. He shot 58.6 percent from the field last season, but without the three-point shooters on this team, the offense could be more based around getting Young involved.

5. Are the transfers ready? The Gators better hope they are. Damontre Harris will provide immediate help behind Young and Yeguete. With Yeguete still physically recovering, the Gators could even choose to play a large frontcourt with the 6-9 Young and 6-10 Harris. Assuming five-star forward Chris Walker is eligible in December or January, the Florida frontcourt will be deep and talented.

Dorian Finney-Smith is a needed addition for the Gators. As a slasher, he can score multiple ways and will make an immediate impact with his length and athleticism.


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