UF’s Chiozza diagnosed with shoulder sprain

Chris Chiozza was diagnosed with a left shoulder sprain Friday. He will be out seven to 10 days. He could be back in time for the opener vs. Gardner-Webb on Nov. 13. [The Associated Press]

Florida point guard Chris Chiozza was diagnosed with a shoulder sprain and could be back in time for UF’s regular season opener on Nov. 13 against Gardner-Webb.

The 6-foot senior Memphis native, who hit Florida’s dramatic game-winning 3-pointer in overtime in UF’s Sweet 16 win over Wisconsin last season, will be sidelined 7-10 days. Chiozza suffered the injury banging into a Jacksonville player who was setting a screen during the first half of UF’s 88-47 exhibition win over Jacksonville on Thursday night.

Chiozza averaged 7.2 points and 3.5 assists splitting time at the point last season with Kasey Hill.

With Chiozza out, junior guard KeVaughn Allen and freshman guard Michael Okauru will split time running the point during UF’s exhibition finale Sunday at Exactech Arena against Tampa (2 p.m. tip). Allen had 17 points and six assists against Jacksonville, while Okauru had seven points, two assists and a steal.