Florida Gators Will Prove They Are A Top 5 Team In 2013-14 Season

By Trevor Lowry
Florida Gators
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The preseason rankings for the USA Today Coaches Poll are out and the Florida Gators are ranked No. 8. However, they will prove they are a top five team in the 2013-14 college basketball season.

Florida lost its top three scorers from last year’s team, but it will still be returning enough talent to be one of the best teams in college hoops. Patric Young is the most notable player returning. Young will be playing in his senior year and he could have his best season yet. He averaged 10.1 points per game and 6.3 rebounds per game last season.

Other notable players returning are Scottie Wilbekin, Michael Frazier II, Casey Prather and Will Yeguete. All four of those players played key roles on the Gators last season. Wilbekin was the starting point guard and all.

The talent coming in is what is going to make this team so good, though. Two five-star recruits will be joining the team. However, one of those five-stars is ineligible this semester–could join the team in December.

Eli Carter, Damontre Harris and Dorian Finney-Smith all transferred to the school. Carter has the potential to make a big impact as he put up 14.9 points per game last season for Rutgers.

Suspensions and injuries could plague this team early on, though. With everyone back, Florida will easily be one of the best teams in college hoops.

The Gators will have a brutal non-conference schedule and that could be a good or bad thing depending on how many games they lose. Florida is going to compete regardless. They have the potential to beat out the Kentucky Wildcats for an SEC title. Kentucky is ranked No. 1.

Florida has made the Elite Eight three seasons in a row now and you better believe that it will prove it is a top five team in the 2013-14 season. However, it will need everyone back to do so.

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