Hill injury clouds Florida win

Six players scored at least eight points in No. 16 Florida's 67-53 win over Southern on Monday, but there was concern as the Gators left the floor of the O'Connell Center. Freshman point guard Kasey Hill, a former five-star recruit, suffered a high ankle sprain when he rolled his left ankle on a layup early in the second half and is expected to miss at least one month.

The play looked similar to what Kasey Hill had success with all night and all season. His speed and aggressiveness in transition helped him average 11 points in the first three games of his collegiate career.

With 18:03 left in the game on Monday, Hill attacked the west basket of the O'Connell Center at full speed from the right side of the hoop. He picked up his dribble and put all of his weight on his left footing, preparing to jump. When he did, the ankle rolled and Hill went to the ground screaming in agony.

Hill was on the ground for a few minutes while trainer Duke Werner checked him out. Werner and another member of the Florida medical staff helped Hill to his feet, where he hobbled off with arms around both of them.

A few minutes later, Werner returned to the Florida bench and whispered information to Donovan before returning to his seat and telling the rest of the staff about the injury.

"It's one of those sprains where it's certainly a longer healing process, and when you try to rush guys back too soon, it normally complicates things," Billy Donovan said after the game.

Hill came out of the game with eight points, three assists and one steal in 20 minutes. After his injury, Southern outscored Florida 33-30 the rest of the way.

Hill was dynamic on Monday before the injury

Donovan pointed to the high ankle sprains for Al Horford and Matt Walsh earlier in his tenure, and the different healing times that can go into the injury. Casey Prather had a high ankle sprain last year and missed 18 days, but the severity of the injury can differ.

Hill will undergo an X-ray on Tuesday to make sure nothing is torn or broken, but Donovan said the team trainer felt confident Hill's injuries pointed to a high ankle sprain.

"When I heard him yell, I knew immediately he hurt himself," Donovan said. "I think everyone on the bench heard him yell. We were just worried for him."

Point guard Scottie Wilbekin remains suspended and won't play on Thursday against Middle Tennessee State.

Florida played the final 18:03 with Eli Carter, Michael Frazier and DeVon Walker. Donovan pulled Carter out of the game after he couldn't show the explosiveness on his leg, and he continues to think about using a medical redshirt on the junior. With Frazier and Walker, the offense was slow and lacked ball movement. It has been the issue for Florida in the first four games of the season when Hill needed a breather.

They'll have to find ways to make it work now.

"We'll have to find some different ways to compensate for his absence," Donovan said. "There's some concepts and some things we can get into, we can run, we do and execute that puts them in a position they know exactly what is going on. We may have to add some things and make some different adjustments because of the injuries we might be looking to play a little bigger."


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