Tyus OK, Parsons iffy


Florida junior forward Alex Tyus (sprained ankle) was cleared for full contact in practice on Monday and is expected to play Tuesday against state-rival Florida State.

But junior forward Chandler Parsons was held out of practice Monday with a hip flexor strain and is questionable for the matchup with the Seminoles.

Florida coach Billy Donovan said Parsons’ hip flared up following Friday night’s 80-58 win against Troy. He also was held out of practice Sunday.

“I’m more worried about Chandler at this point,” Donovan said.

Parsons has been a pleasant surprise for Florida off the bench, averaging 14.7 points per game while leading the Gators with 8.3 rebounds per game. He’s shooting 33 percent (4-for-12) from 3-point range but also is getting points on putbacks and drives to the basket.

“He’s played very, very well and there’s no question I think any time you lose a guy that can hurt any team,” Donovan said. “I still think we have enough guys. My gut feeling is Chandler is going to want to go out there and play regardless. I think he’s going to try to go out there and play.

“Now how effective is he is where he’s at while he’s playing, I don’t know where that is, but I think he’ll be cleared to play, just I don’t know what we’ll be able to get out of it in two days. We’ve got Ray (Shipman), we’ve got Dan (Werner). We can still do different things offensively and defensively if he’s not able to go or if he’s not 100 percent.”