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Friday November 15, 2013 Finney-Smith reinstated ... but too sick to play

Updated: 3:09pm, November 15

DoeDoe GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Sophomore forward Dorian Finney-Smith has been reinstated and is eligible to play for the Florida basketball team now.

If and when he’s healthy, that is.

“He’s done everything asked of him, so yes, he’s back with the team,” Gators coach Billy Donovan said. “Only now, he’s sick.”

And he won't play Saturday when the Gators (1-1) face Arkansas-LIttle Rock (0-1) Saturday at the O'Connell Center.

Finney-Smith, the 6-foot-8 transfer from Virginia Tech, missed UF's first three games (one exhibition, two regular season) while serving a suspension for violating undetermined team rules. Donovan announced Friday that Finney-Smith (aka “DoeDoe”) was back in good graces with the program, only to come down with a virus earlier this week when the team was on the road at Wisconsin.

His status will be evaluated daily, with the Gators playing two home games next week -- Monday against Southern, then Thursday against Middle Tennessee State.

When he finally takes the court, Finney-Smith will provide a serious boost for the Gators on both ends of the floor -- and should flourish in UF's full-court pressure schemes. He’s long, athletic, a threat to score inside and out, and an excellent rebounder, having averaged 6.3 points and 7.0 rebounds a game as a freshman at Virginia Tech two seasons ago. 

Finney-Smith was one of three Gators suspended to start the season. Donovan said the status of senior guard Scottie Wilbekin and junior center and Damontre Harris, the transfer from South Carolina, had not changed. Neither will play against UALR.

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