News surfaced on Tuesday however, that Gators’ forward Casey Prather is not expected to play on Friday.
Prather, a 6-foot-6 junior, has been sidelined yet again following his second concussion in the past nine days. Florida and Georgetown will square off from on board the USS Bataan in an intriguing season opener that should hold high implications for each squad.
The Gators are widely considered a top-10 or top-15 by many, while the Hoyas are out to prove their worth after losing Hollis Thompson, Jason Clark and Henry Sims off last year’s squad. Sophomore forward Otto Porter has molded himself into one of the top threats within the Big East Conference, as expectations for a breakout season should be on the horizon.
As for Prather, the disappointing setback comes on the heels of last week’s injury which forced him to miss the team’s exhibition victory over Nebraska-Kearney. On Monday, another concussion surfaced as the result of an inadvertent elbow to the back of the head in practice.
Last season as a sophomore, Prather was a limited contributor for a Gators’ squad that advanced to the Sweet 16. He averaged 2.0 points per game in under ten minutes of action. Prather played sparingly throughout the season, but did score 14 points in Florida’s Round of 64 victory over Virginia last March.
Florida fans and doctors are hoping that Prather can recover from this latest setback in time to play in the Gators’ second game of the year on Sunday, Nov. 11 against Alcorn State.
Paul Seaver is the College Basketball Network Manager at Rant Sports. You can follow him on Twitter: @TheArenaPulse