With forward Alex Tyus’ return for the 2010-11 season, Florida is currently one over its scholarship limit of 13.
That number could increase to two if Gainesville-area standout point guard Scottie Wilbekin signs a letter of intent to join the 2010 class this week.
The Gators ended the 2009-10 season with 11 scholarship players — Vernon Macklin, Alex Tyus, Chandler Parsons, Erving Walker, Kenny Boynton, Ray Shipman, Dan Werner, Erik Murphy, Kenny Kadji, Adam Allen, Rod Tishman.
Florida then lost Werner to graduation and Shipman when he decided to transfer.
Florida coach Billy Donovan then added five players for his 2010-11 class — power forward Patric Young, swingman Casey Prather, forward Will Yeguete, forward/center Cody Larson and Rutgers transfer Mike Rosario. Although Rosario is not eligible to play until 2011-12, he counts towards UF’s scholarship limit.
If Wilbekin signs, Florida would need to shed itself of two scholarship players. Tishman seems like a possible choice to leave because he has returned overseas to play basketball for the Israel amateur national team. But sources close to Tishman have told me that, despite his limited playing time, Tishman enjoyed his freshman year at UF and would like to return.
Another possible transfer candidate is Allen, who has missed the last two seasons following three knee surgeries. It’s been a terrible run of bad luck for a player that could have really helped the Gators the past two seasons because of his perimeter shooting ability.
Allen admitted last season he wasn’t sure if he would be able to compete at the SEC level again and discussed the possibility of transferring with UF coach Billy Donovan last summer.