GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Turns out, Michael Frazier II has mononucleosis after all.
Frazier, the University of Florida’s sophomore shooting guard, is sidelined with the illness and definitely will miss Friday night’s exhibition game against Florida Southern at the O’Connell Center.
“Maybe more than that,” UF trainer David “Duke” Werner said. “We’ll have to wait and see.”
With Frazier out, the Gators are in jeopardy of entering the regular season without their projected starting backcourt, with senior point guard Scottie Wilbekin already due to sit out an undetermined number of games due to a suspension for violating team rules. In that scenario, UF's backcourt would be freshman and 2013 McDonald's All-American Kasey Hill at point guard and sophomore DeVon Walker, who's made significant strides since last season (particularly as a shooter), stepping into Frazier's 2-guard spot.
Frazier, who averaged 5.6 points per game as a freshman and shot 44.6 percent from the 3-point line, was thought to have mono two weeks ago, but tests came back negative. So he resumed practice.
Werner explained, though, that mono symptoms fluctuate. Those who have it, go through phases of feeling bad one day, better the next. There is a window, he said, in testing for mono when the cells are best detected and the Gators apparently administered their test at the back end of that window. When the test came back negative, the UF health staff diagnosed Frazier with a virus.
When Frazier became very sick again Sunday night -- and again with mono symptoms -- UF tested him again. That one came back positive.
“He just needs to rest right now,” Werner said.
The Gators, ranked eighth in the USA Today/Coaches preseason poll, open the 2013-14 regular season Nov. 8 at home against North Florida.