Florida reinstates Scottie Wilbekin

Florida senior guard Scottie Wilbekin will make his season debut for the Gators against Jacksonville on Monday night.

Gators coach Billy Donovan confirmed early Sunday that Wilbekin had been reinstated after missing the first five games of the season -- plus an exhibition game -- because of a violation of team rules.

The timing for the Gators is perfect with freshman guard Kasey Hill out with a high ankle sprain, suffered during the team's last game against Southern.

Wilbekin averaged 9.1 points and 4.6 assists a game last season.

The Gators are heading into a brutal four-game stretch. They take on in-state rival Florida State on Friday before going to UConn on Monday and then hosting Kansas Dec. 10 before facing Memphis in the Jimmy V Classic in New York City Dec. 17.