Thanks to injuries and disciplinary issues the process of fielding a full roster has been a sometimes difficult task for Florida head coach Billy Donovan. Wednesday evening it was announced that two players have been suspended for the team’s game at South Carolina, with one of the players being a key member of the Gator rotation.
Graduate transfer Jon Horford and freshman walk-on guard Zach Hodskins have both been suspended for what was defined as conduct detrimental to the team. Neither player made the trip to Columbia with the team.
“This is totally a coaching decision and has nothing to do with the university,” Donovan said. “Our focus now is on this next game and playing with the guys we have here.”
Donovan gave no indication when Horford and Hodskins would be reinstated, other than to say their status would be reevaluated when the team returns to Gainesville. UF’s next game is Saturday night at home against Mississippi State.
Horford has started 12 of Florida’s first 13 games this season, averaging 8.3 points and 5.7 rebounds per game with those numbers exceeding what he produced in three seasons at Michigan. Without Horford sophomore Chris Walker will start at center according to Chris Harry of Gatorzone.com.
Hodskins has played in just four games (seven minutes) this season for the 7-6 Gators.