Florida guard Michael Frazier II will be leaving school early and entering the NBA Draft, Frazier announced on Twitter.
Frazier averaged 12.1 points as a junior, shooting 38.0 percent from three in a year where the Gators struggled mightily. Florida went just 16-17 this season, losing a number of close games and missing out on the NIT all together.
Frazier holds the Florida record for three-pointers made in a game — he hit 11 in a 37 point performance in 2013-2014 — and he played for Team USA in a U19 tournament after his freshman season. But Frazier suffered a high-ankle sprain in Florida’s loss to Kentucky in Gainesville this season, forcing him to miss seven games. He was not the same player when he returned.
Draft Express had Frazier rated as a potential second round pick in the 2016 NBA Draft prior to his announcement, although his athleticism, shooting ability and 6-foot-9 wingspan will make him an interesting prospect heading into the draft.
Florida is expecting to have its leading scorer back for Saturday’s regular season finale at top-ranked Kentucky.
Michael Frazier II has missed the past seven games with an injured right ankle, which he suffered in Florida’s 68-61 loss to No. 1 Kentucky back on Feb. 7. Florida head coach Billy Donovan told reporters Friday that Frazier should be able to go against the Wildcats, but is unsure in what capacity.
“I’m going into the game with him being available,” Donovan said via the Associated Press. “But for me to go in there and say, ‘OK, he’s back right now, he’s going to play 30 minutes and he’s going to be back to where he was before he got injured,’ I think would be a mistake. It’s another body in our backcourt.”
Frazier is averaging a team-high 13.2 points per game.
Florida enters the game 15-15 with a sub .500 record in SEC play. Even after losing four starters from last year’s Final Four team, this has been a disappointing campaign for the Gators. But they have a chance to play spoilers, the only team standing in Kentucky’s way of a perfect 31-0 regular season.
Florida will be without their leading scorer Michael Frazier II for an unspecified amount of time, head coach Billy Donovan announced on Monday.
Frazier injured his right ankle during Saturday night’s loss to No. 1 Kentucky in Gainesville. He tried to play on the injury in the second half, but managed just six ineffective minutes.
“I would say out right now,” Donovan said when asked about Frazier’s status for Thursday’s game against Ole Miss. “It looks like a high-ankle sprain right now. It is really hard with these things because there is not a lot of swelling in a high-ankle sprain. It is less than 48 hours from the game, but my feeling right now is he will be out. He is in a boot right now.”
“It could be a couple days, it could be three days, it could be a week. We don’t know until we see how he responds to treatment.”
Losing Frazier now is a huge blow for Florida, who played their best game of a disappointing season in that loss on Saturday. Frazier is averaging 13.2 points and scored 27 points the last time the Gators played Ole Miss.
Florida, at 12-11 on the year, is a longshot to make the NCAA tournament.