At full strength, Florida can be a Final Four contender. But there are questions surrounding several of its players, whether it's injury, eligibility or suspension. On Monday night, though, we got confirmation on one of the players in question.
Junior guard Eli Carter will redshirt the rest of the season as he continues to recover from a broken leg, sources told CBSSports.com.
Carter, a 6-foot-2 transfer from Rutgers, suffered the injury in February of last season. He was averaging 14.9 points per game before the injury – but is still not at full strength. Carter has scored three points in 53 minutes so far this year, and Florida will simply wait until next season to use him.
It doesn't come as a huge surprise, as Carter had only played eight minutes heading into Monday's game against Connecticut. He didn't see the court against the Huskies.
On Sunday, head coach Billy Donovan discussed the conundrum facing Carter.
“That's probably something that's going to happen,” Donovan told reporters. “But right now, I think he's just trying to see – can he get better?
“But as I said before, we're not going to waste a year just to have him be a guy that's going to spot somebody to give him a breather. I think he's done too much in his career. We owe it to him to get him fully healthy and healed and ready to play.”
Florida (6-2) faces Kansas and Memphis in the next two weeks.