Florida’s John Egbunu reportedly will not be ready for the beginning of the basketball season.
According to a report from Jon Rothstein of FanRag Sports, Gators coach Mike White says Egbunu will be out of action until at least January as part of recovery from left knee surgery. Egbunu was injured in February and missed the remainder of the Gators 2016-17 basketball season, which included a run to the Elite 8.
The 6-11 center from Nigeria was averaging 7.8 points and 6.6 rebounds for the Gators prior to going down with the ACL injury.
While it’s disappointing Florida will not have him to begin the regular season, Gators fans still should be encouraged by the prospects of getting him back in the paint early during conference play. The timeline should allow for him to get back into the swing of things early enough that he could be expected to be at full strength by tournament time.