Florida forward/center reinstated but won’t play Saturday


Prior to Florida’s win at South Carolina earlier this week, it was announced that senior forward/center Jon Horford and freshman guard Zach Hodskins were both suspended for conduct detrimental to the team. While Hodskins, a preferred walk-on, doesn’t see much playing time Horford started 12 of Florida’s first 13 games after transferring in from Michigan.

Friday afternoon head coach Billy Donovan announced that Horford’s been reinstated to the team, but he will not play Saturday night when the Gators host Mississippi State in their first SEC home game of the season. Hodskins, on the other hand, remains suspended.

Horford’s averaging 8.3 points and a team-best 5.7 rebounds per game, and in their 72-68 win at South Carolina on Wednesday the Gators more than held their own on the glass. Florida out-rebounded South Carolina 37-23, grabbing nearly 47 percent of their own missed shots. On the season Florida has rebounded 35.6% of its misses, which ranks sixth in the SEC.

Even without Horford the Gators still have their three best offensive rebounders from a percentage standpoint, with Dorian Finney-Smith and Chris Walker being starters and reserve Jacob Kurtz giving them solid contributions off the bench.