Beth Hall-USA TODAY Sports
Will Yeguete is the heart and soul of Florida basketball. He'll be sidelined for at least a month after surgery to remove floating bodies from his knee.
Will Yeguete doesn't deserve this, and yet Will Yeguete will have surgery to remove floating bone chips in his knee on Friday, and the recovery will sideline him for four to six weeks.
Will Yeguete doesn't deserve this, and yet it seems Will Yeguete will miss the stretch run for Florida for the second straight year, after a broken foot sidelined him during the second half of Florida's SEC slate and the Gators' runs in the SEC and NCAA Tournaments.
Billy Donovan doesn't deserve this, not after making Florida as impressive as it has been in his entire tenure at the school with just three true frontcourt players and a slew of nicks and bruises limiting his players over the course of the season, and yet Billy Donovan will have to figure out a way to play going forward with either Casey Prather or DeVon Walker as the third guy behind Patric Young and Erik Murphy, or a way to go very small and blitz Florida's opponents.
Murphy and Young and Prather and Kenny Boynton and Mike Rosario and Scottie Wilbekin don't deserve this, and yet they'll all have to pick up more of the slack in their quest to finally return Florida to the Final Four. They're the same core that made that Elite Eight run in 2012, with a trade of Bradley Beal for Michael Frazier II, and they depended more on Yeguete this year than last.
Florida fans don't deserve this, not when Yeguete is perhaps the most relentlessly upbeat player Florida has ever had, a near-savant on the glass, and a player who has developed from raw athlete to capable scorer and defender under Donovan, and not when Florida seemed like the nation's best team more often than not with Yeguete in its rotation.
None of the generally wonderful people who are part of the Florida basketball family deserves to be dealing with another devastating Will Yeguete injury, Yeguete least of all.
But in sports, deserve's got nothing to do with it.