by Bill DiFilippo / @bflip33
After shredding Jacksonville for 12 points, 7 assists, 5 rebounds and 3 steals in Florida’s 86-60 win last night, guard Scottie Wilbekin apologized to fans for missing the first five games of the season due to a suspension.
Billy Donovan suspended the senior during the summer for a violation of team rules. It was the second time in as many years what Wilbekin was suspended.
“I just wanted to start out by saying, I apologize for my actions over the summer and I apologize to the fans,” Wilbekin announced.
“I already apologized to my teammates when it happened and I’m just glad to put that stuff behind me.”
“I just learned the value of things and, in particular, just what an opportunity it is to play here at Florida,” Wilbekin said. “I think I’ve just matured and just grown up a little bit.”
Donovan, who said this would be Wilbekin’s last chance with the team, added he does not think there will be another rule-breaking incident.
To Donovan, Wilbekin is a changed man with changed priorities but still the same skills on the court.
Wilbekin couldn’t have been reinstated at a better time for the Gators. Last week, it was announced that starting point guard Kasey Hill will miss at least a month of action with a sprained ankle.