Prather could miss game with concussion

Published: Tuesday, November 6, 2012 at 6:02 p.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, November 6, 2012 at 6:02 p.m.

The Florida men's basketball team will likely be without one of its key returning players in Friday's season opener against Georgetown in the Navy-Marine Corps Classic.

Junior forward Casey Prather suffered a concussion Monday in practice and will probably be held out of the game for precautionary reasons. It was Prather's second concussion in the past two weeks and third of his career.

“He's got to go through a series of baseline tests,” Florida coach Billy Donovan said. “I don't think it was as bad as it was before. I would say right now he is probably not going to play on Friday.”

Prather sat out UF's exhibition game against Nebraska-Kearney with post-concussion symptoms before being cleared to return to practice Monday. The injury occurred when Prather took an elbow from teammate Patric Young while going for a rebound.

Prather averaged 2.0 points and 1.8 rebounds last season. The 6-foot-6 forward from Jackson, Tenn., scored a career-high 14 points in UF's opening NCAA Tournament win over Virginia last season.

Prather’s absence will likely mean an increased role off the bench for freshman 6-foot-4 guard Michael Frazier II, who scored 21 points in UF’s 101-71 exhibition win over UNK.

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