Can Scottie Wilbekin Lead the Florida Gators to Victory?

Randy Sartin-US PRESSWIRE

Scottie Wilbekin may not be the most popular name on the Florida Gators, but he will play a huge role for the team in the 2012-13 college basketball season. Erving Walker will no longer be a Gator, since he graduated, so that means Wilbekin will have to take over at the point, but can he lead Florida to victory?

Wilbekin was not an offensive threat last season by any means. He only averaged 2.6 points per game and 1.6 assists per game, but he also only played 15.2 minutes per game.

However, Wilbekin will be getting a lot more playing time this season, since he will most likely be a starter.

Florida will once again be a three-point shooting team, but it will also have an inside presence, with Patric Young coming back for his junior year. Just like any field general, Wilbekin will have to set up plays and find the open man, however, he will also have to pick up his game when it comes to scoring points, since Florida has a very lethal offense. The Gators were 27th in the nation in scoring last season, with 76.3 points per game. However, that does not indicate that Florida was one of the best three-point shooting teams in the country.

The Gators were known last season for jacking up threes. Although Walker was one of the best players to ever put on a Florida uniform, he was the king of lobbing up shots whether if open or not. Walker may have been a great shooter, but you can definitely expect Wilbekin to be the opposite of him because Wilbekin seems to have a good shot selection of what has been seen of him.

However, he did managed to shoot 45.7 percent from behind the arc. He also only managed to shoot 1.2 threes per game on average.

With more playing time, should come more shots, which will in turn lead to more points for Wilbekin. He may have not shot the ball a whole lot last season, but he still shot 43.4 percent from the field, which is pretty good considering that he is a guard.

Wilbekin has all of the makings to make it as a point guard for Florida from what we have seen of him. He should be pretty good on the offensive side of the ball and will likely be a pass first shoot second type of player. It helps that Wilbekin has the skill set to be one of the best defenders in the SEC. When it comes to perimeter defense, Wilbekin is one heck of a defender.

There should be no doubt in anyone’s mind that Wilbekin will lead the Gators to victory this season.

 

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