GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Little by little, the Florida basketball team is getting healthier.
The Gators are nowhere near where they hope to be in terms of manpower, but senior forward Will Yeguete, coming off offseason knee surgery, moved pretty well in last week’s exhibition win against Florida Southern and sophomore shooting guard Michael Frazier II, who missed the game while recovering from a bout with mononucleosis, practiced some Wednesday and took part in individual instruction later that night.
Don’t be surprised if Frazier checks into the game Friday afternoon when the 10th-ranked Gators open the 2013-14 season against North Florida at the O’Connell Center.
“Of course, I want to play, but I got to be smart about it,” Frazier said. It’s been killing me not to be out there with my teammates. If I’m cleared to play, I’m playing.”
Word on that could come the UF training staff evaluates Frazier at Thursday’s practice.
Frazier spent the better part of the last few weeks in bed, but actually practiced for a few days after his first set of mono tests came back negative.
In reality, he wasn’t entirely over the illness, just on the back end.
“I felt horrible,” said Frazier, who claimed to drop 18 pounds. “I couldn’t eat anything for three or four days. Couldn’t swallow. It was excruciating. ... I was trying to sleep a lot and get my energy back up, but I wasn’t eating anything to fuel my body.”
During his individual workout, Frazier looked like he was on the path to feeling like himself again, especially from the arc.
“Night and day,” he said. “I feel great.”
UF played FSC with a rotation of nine players, including extended minutes for forward Jake Kurtz and Billy Donovan, two walk-ons. Getting Frazier, the team’s best 3-point shooter, back in the fold will be key for spacing the floor and opening the paint.