Florida has suspended junior forward Dorian Finney-Smith indefinitely, effective for Wednesday night's game against Vanderbilt and "likely more" games, the school announced in a release.
Junior forward Dorian Finney-Smith has been suspended indefinitely from the team for violating team rules and will miss Wednesday night’s Southeastern Conference home game against Vanderbilt and likely more games, according to Coach Billy Donovan.
Donovan said he would address the issue after the game between the Gators and Commodores.
That note about Finney-Smith's first suspension — a three-game prohibition from play to begin the 2013-14 season — for team rules may hint at the likely reason for his suspension: Few things other than a violation of Florida's school drug-testing policy would result in an automatic mid-year suspension, and missing tonight's game and "likely more" could turn into missing a percentage of the Gators' 2014-15 season consistent with a third violation of the policy.
Finney-Smith had become Florida's most reliable player of late, scoring at least 10 points in 11 of Florida's 13 SEC games, and is one of just four Gators with an Offensive Rating better than 100 — meaning Florida averages better than 100 points per 100 possessions with him on the floor — on the season. Given that the other three players above that threshold for Florida are the injured Michael Frazier II, and little-used Jon Horford and Jacob Kurtz, Finney-Smith's suspension likely means that an offense that has already been terrible by Florida's standards may slip even further.
Freshman Devin Robinson should soak up most of the minutes made available by Finney-Smith's absence, which could be a great thing if he plays like he dynamo who scored 14 points and snatched six rebounds against Mississippi two games ago, or an awful thing if he's more like the skittish freshman we've seen more often this year.