GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Junior forward Casey Prather will be in the starting lineup when the 11th-ranked Florida Gators (10-2) open the Southeastern Conference season Wednesday night against Georgia (6-7) at the O’Connell Center.
Prather, who last started a game as a freshman in the 2010-11 season, is being called on after the practice time of two frontcourt regulars, senior Erik Murphy (broken rib) and junior Will Yeguete (knee), was scaled back the last two days.
Both Murphy and Yeguete will play against the Bulldogs, however.
With the 6-foot-6, 212-pound Prather in the first unit, UF will be rolling out its fifth different starting five in 13 games.
Prather, out of Jackson, Tenn., is averaging 6.5 points and three rebounds per game, but is coming off one of the best all-around performance of his career.
With Murphy sidelined Sunday at Yale, Prather hopped off the bench to score nine points (on 4-for-6 shooting from the floor) to go with six rebounds, two assists, plus a blocked shot and steal in a career-high 26 minutes.
Just as promising, Gators coach Billy Donovan was very pleased with the energy Prather provided on defense and in the press. That's what the UF staff will be looking for more of the same against Georgia, too.