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Gators' John Egbunu has season ended with torn ACL

Florida head coach Mike White announced Wednesday that junior center John Egbunu will miss the remainder of the 2016-17 season with a torn left ACL, suffered on Tuesday during the Gators’ win at Auburn. Egbunu’s recovery time is projected at 10-12 months.

Egbunu averaged 7.8 points and a team-leading 6.6 rebounds per game in his 24 appearances and 19 starts this season. He is a second year starter for Florida after transferring from South Flroida following his freshman season. 


“We’re all disappointed for John,” head coach Mike White said. “He’s been playing really well of late, so it’s a tough blow to him and our team. He’s a great young man, and unfortunately injuries are a part of basketball. He’ll be back even stronger.”

Sophomore Kevarrius Hayes has been the substitute for Egbunu when he has missed or has had to come out of the game for whatever reason. Hayes has started 7 of 26 games played and averages 6.2 points and 3.8 rebounds per game. 


Florida also announced that freshman center Gorjok Gak has been diagnosed with a left foot sprain sustained in practice on Monday and is projected to be out for 10-14 days. 

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