The Florida Gators will kick off the 2012-13 college basketball season against the Georgetown Hoyas without their starting point guard Scottie Wilbekin, due to suspension, according to ESPN. As a result, incoming freshman Braxton Ogbueze should take his place in the lineup. However, the Gators have different plans and will likely start incoming freshman Michael Frazier or senior Mike Rosario, according to ESPN.
After losing Erving Walker over the off-season, the Gators needed a very strong field general to take over. Wilbekin seemed to be a great fit, although he is not quite the scorer Walker was and is actually a much better defender, but that will not matter to start the season, thanks to Wilbekin’s suspension.
Ogbueze is the most talented freshman on Florida, but it is asking a lot for a freshman to come in and play his very first game of his collegiate career against a Big East school. To make the stakes even more high, this game will be played in the Navy-Marine Corps Classic. “I’m on a boat” is literally the theme in this one.
Well, Ogbueze should be the one to put on his big boy shoes tonight, but he will likely come off of the bench. Although Ogbueze has no experience whatsoever in college, other than an exhibition game, he has tremendous talent to make up for that. Ogbueze is a very good ball-handler, he can drive to the hoop, drain shots from anywhere on the court and he can, of course, pass the ball, which is kind of essential for any point guard.
Kenny Boynton is very capable of playing the point, but he is best suited as a shooting guard, at least in the Gators’ offense. Boynton will likely be the starting PG tonight, but he should be playing SG.
Florida has a lot of talent on its team, and Billy Donovan could really go with a bunch of different lineups tonight, but he should be starting Ogbueze, although this will not likely be the case.
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