GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Junior guard Scottie Wilbekin is back in the Florida starting lineup and will replace Patric Young when the seventh-ranked Gators (5-0) face Marquette (5-1) Thursday night at the O’Connell Center.
Young, the junior center, was demoted to second team during practice Wednesday.
“Pat needs to improve his attitude at practice,” UF coach Billy Donovan told GatorZone.com. “It hasn’t been what we expect it to be.”
Moving Wilbekin into the starting lineup means 6-7 junior Will Yeguete (6.8 points, 7.8 rebounds per game) will slide from the small forward spot, where he’s started every game this season, to his natural power forward position on defense. Erik Murphy (12.8 ppg, 4.4 rpg), the 6-10 senior, will drop down from power forward to play center.
The 6-9, 260-pound Young is averaging 10.4 points on 52.8-percent shooting from the floor and ranks second on the team with 7.4 rebounds per game. Young also leads the Gators with 12 blocked shots.
Since returning from a three-game suspension for violating team rules, Wilbekin is averaging 9.7 points and 4.3 assists over three games and is coming off a career performance (17 points, 5 rebounds, 8 assists) in Friday’s 79-66 defeat of UCF.