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Tuesday November 20, 2012 Prather back at practice; will return Friday vs. UCF

Updated: 3:43pm, November 20

caseyGAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Finally, a full roster.

Florida junior forward Casey Prather was cleared Monday night to return to the UF basketball team after passing the last in a series of baseline tests more than two weeks since he suffered a second concussion during the preseason.

Prather practiced with the seventh-ranked Gators (3-0) during their Tuesday walk-through in advance of their game against Savannah State (3-2) tonight at the O’Connell Center, but won't make his season debut until Friday’s home date against UCF.

The 6-foot-6, 208-pound Prather averaged just two points and 1.8 rebounds per game last season, but he had a breakout game in an NCAA Tournament first-round win over Virginia (14 points, 6-for-7 from the field) and is slated for a major role in Florida’s rotation and had this highlight-reel alley-oop dunk (right) in the Sweet 16 win over Marquette.o

Prather’s return Friday -- assumming no setbacks -- will come five days after the Gators welcomed back junior guard Scottie Wilbekin from a three-game suspension for violating team rules. Wilbekin scored eight points, grabbed three rebounds and carded three assists Sunday’s win over Middle Tennessee in Tampa.

Depending on the situation, Coach Billy Donovan now will have the main rotation and floor options, starting Friday, he figured on heading into the season.

That means Prather and freshmen Mike Frazier off the bench, along with either Wilbekin and/or junior forward Will Yeguete, depending on whether the Gators want to go big up front to start or return to their three-guard first unit.

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