Florida could very well begin its season with just five players who are both healthy and on scholarship. That's right -- five.
Two more Gators got added to the team's suspension list Thursday, as Billy Donovan announced Dorian Finney-Smith and Damontre Harris are indefinitely unavailable to play in game competition for the school. The reason? An unspecified violation of team rules. Finney-Smith is a transfer forward from Virginia Tech who sat out last year and was believed to be one of the best players on the team during his transitional year.
Harris is a junior big man who averaged 6.8 points and 5.5 rebounds last season. They join Scottie Wilbekin, a starting guard in the past for the Gators, on the sit list. Wilbekin was reprimanded by Donovan in June but rejoined the team in practice less than two weeks after the preseason began. Wilbekin also sat out to start the year last season.
The amount of time each player will miss in terms of regular-season games has not been indicated publicly by Donovan or anyone at the school. Compounding their absence are injuries to Rutgers transfer Eli Carter (right leg) and perennially hampered defensive forward Will Yeguete (right knee). Florida's first big test will come Nov. 12 against Wisconsin.
Florida was picked as the No. 10 team in the country in Thursday's release of the preseason Associated Press Top 25 poll.