Florida freshman point guard Kasey Hill suffered a high ankle sprain against Southern, the team announced through GatorZone's Chris Harry late Monday.
And that may mean Hill will be out for a month or more, if you listen to Billy Donovan tell it:
Donovan on Kasey Hill high ankle sprain: "Right now, I think in talking to the doctor and the trainer, minimum we're looking at a month."— Thomas Goldkamp (@Goldkamp247) November 19, 2013
Hill's injury is fairly rare for basketball players, who often suffer more benign ankle sprains right at the ankle, but Florida's Casey Prather sustained a high ankle sprain last season, as The Independent Florida Alligator's Landon Watnick noted:
Casey Prather had same injury last year. Returned after 18 days. If Hill follows same path, would return in time for Kansas.— Landon Watnick (@LandonWatnick) November 19, 2013
Prather suffered his injury against LSU on January 12, and next played on January 30.
A timeframe of a month for Hill would keep him out of Florida's next five games, including showdowns with Connecticut, Kansas, and Memphis. If Hill can recover within Prather's 18-day window, however, he would be ready to play against Kansas on December 10 — currently 22 days away.
Without Hill, Florida likely will turn to a point guard by committee approach until the return of Scottie Wilbekin from suspension, with guards Michael Frazier II and Eli Carter the most likely primary ball-handlers. When Wilbekin does return next Monday against Jacksonville, he's almost certain to play in excess of 30 minutes a night as Florida's lone true point guard.
We'll have plenty more in the morning about Hill's injury and its effect on Florida, but, at a minimum, it puts Hill's promising career in neutral for a little while, and leaves a team that was looking fun and dangerous without a driver.
Andy Hutchins is Alligator Army's managing editor. Follow Alligator Army on Twitter and Facebook.