Illness forces UF’s Frazier to sit out

Published: Wednesday, October 30, 2013 at 10:35 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, October 30, 2013 at 10:35 a.m.

The injuries and illnesses keep piling up for the Florida men’s basketball team.

Florida announced on its school website Wednesday that sophomore shooting guard Michael Frazier II does indeed have mononucleosis and will miss UF’s exhibition opener Friday against Florida Southern. Frazier is out indefinitely.

Frazier was counted on to provide perimeter scoring in an expanded role for the Gators this season after shooting 46.8 percent from 3-point range and averaging 5.6 points per game as a freshman. The 6-foot-4 guard initially tested negative for mononucleosis 12 days ago and was back practicing last week, but fell ill again over the weekend.

Frazier joins Will Yeguete (recovering from knee surgery), Eli Carter (recovering from broken leg), Dillon Graham (sprained ankle), Damontre Harris (sprained ankle) and Dorian Finney-Smith (ankle tendon sprain) as players who have been dealing with injuries or illnesses during fall camp.

Frazier’s illness opens an opportunity for sophomore guard/forward DeVon Walker, who will likely start with freshman point guard Kasey Hill in the backcourt in Friday’s preseason opener. A few weeks ago, Florida coach Billy Donovan openly discussed redshirting Walker. But the 6-foot-6 Walker has impressed coaches this fall with his improved shooting range.

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