Florida senior center John Egbunu took a positive step in his return to the court when he was cleared for non-contact drills in practice Monday.
Florida coach Mike White said the timetable for the 6-foot-11, 265-pound Egbunu remains a late January return at the earliest. Egbunu tore his ACL last Feb. 14 against Auburn and underwent surgery in early March.
Freshman center Isaiah Stokes (torn ACL recovery) and freshman forward Chase Johnson (concussion) also took part in non-contact work in practice Monday.
“(Egbunu) looked great, he looked enormous. He’s got to get back in game shape, same with Isaiah Stokes,” White said. “It looks like we just signed two defensive ends. They’re both just big guys and John showed a little explosion, again non-contact, but he darn near tore the rim down a couple times yesterday and he was excited about it.”
Egbunu averaged 7.8 points and a team-high 6.6 rebounds last season. Without him, the Gators have struggled to defend in the paint and score consistently inside.
Florida senior point guard Chris Chiozza said it was good to see Egbunu back on the court.