Gators' Michael Frazier concussed
GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- The already-banged up Florida Gators lost another player on Saturday night.
Reserve freshman guard Michael Frazier II suffered a concussion during the team's 71-54 victory over Arkansas at the O'Connell Center and is out indefinitely. Frazier is the Gators' top 3-point shooter (48.9 percent) and the most effective freshman.
"I don't know when he'll be back," coach Billy Donovan said. "He's got a concussion. He was knocked out on the floor. ... It could be a week. It could be 10 days. It could be two weeks. I don't know."
Frazier, who is averaging 6.2 points and 3.3 rebounds per game, was injured when he dived for a loose ball with 11:42 remaining. It appeared that Frazier's head struck teammate Scottie Wilbekin's knee. Frazier stayed down on the court for several moments before being helped to the locker room.
"He's having some neck pain, and I think his neck got jerked forward pretty well," Donovan said. "So I think he's dealing with some neck issues, but again I have no idea the severity of the concussion."
The fifth-ranked Gators (22-4, 12-2 SEC) are already without forward Will Yeguete, their best post defender and key man in the full-court press, for at least another week as he continues to recover from knee surgery. That means UF is essentially down to six experienced players heading into Tuesday's game at Tennessee.
Donovan said freshmen Dillon Graham, Braxton Ogbueze and DeVon Walker -- none of whom have played more than 37 minutes in 14 SEC games -- will have to step in for Frazier against the Vols, and possibly at home next Saturday against Alabama. The first-place Gators have a two-game lead over the Crimson Tide (18-9, 10-4) in the SEC.
"No, no, we can't do that [go with a six-man rotation]. We've got to play eight guys," Donovan said. "We've got to get another guy to go in there. We have to use Braxton or Dillon and DeVon. We have to use those guys because right now Yeguete's not playing Tuesday and neither is Frazier. So in terms of the rotation, six guys is not enough to go to Knoxville with."
Dealing with injuries, however, is nothing new for the Gators. UF has had its eight-man rotation completely healthy for only seven full games this season.
"If [Frazier's] out [for a long stretch], that would really suck for us," Wilbekin said. "But we've got to fight through and persevere like we've been doing all season."