Thursday, August 20, 2009

Florida Gators may lose some frontcourt depth

Two Florida Gators could miss significant chunks of time, Billy Donovan said on Wednesday. 6'8" small forward Adam Allen had a second surgery on a stress fracture in his left leg and won't be cleared to practice until at least mid-September.

Allen red-shirted last season after have surgery on his knee, but as a freshman he averaged 4.0 ppg in about 10 minutes per. He shot 42% from long range that year, and Florida could use his perimeter shooting when he returns.

The Gators could also be without sophomore big man Eloy Vargas. Vargas, a native of the Dominican Republic, came to Gainesville as a fairly highly touted recruit, but thanks to off-season ankle surgery, he wasn't ready to play until about midway through last season.

But Vargas may be academically ineligible this year.

Without those two, Florida still should be solid up front with Alex Tyus, Dan Werner, Chandler Parsons, and Kenny Kadji along with the addition of Georgetown transfer (and former Mickey D's all-american) Vernon Macklin to the fold and freshman Erik Murphy.

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