Florida Basketball: Ranking Florida's Starting 5 in Order of Importance

Trevor LowryContributor ISeptember 13, 2012

Florida Basketball: Ranking Florida's Starting 5 in Order of Importance

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    The Florida Gators have made it to two straight Elite Eights, and you can bet that they have the team to make it that far for a third straight year. Although the Gators rely on their entire team for success, there are some players on the Florida's starting five that are more important than others.

    Florida's starting five isn't set in stone, but here is the likely starting five that we will use for the purposes of this article.

    Point Guard: Scottie Wilbekin

    Shooting Guard: Kenny Boynton

    Small Forward: Casey Prather

    Power Forward: Erik Murphy

    Center: Patric Young

    Now, read on to find out the rankings of Florida's starting five in order of importance. 

5. Casey Prather

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    The Florida Gators will rely on Casey Prather's defensive abilities next season. They have plenty of great scorers on the team, so Prather won't need to put up 20 points per night. That does not mean that he won't score, though, because he could very easily average at least 10 points per game next season.

    The main thing is that Prather helps the team get defensive stops and he rebounds the ball and scores when he is open. 

    With more playing time next season, Prather should be a really good player. 

4. Erik Murphy

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    Thanks to Erik Murphy, the Gators will once again have one of the best three-point shooting teams in the country. They may not be as good as they were last season in this department, but they will be no slouch by any means.

    Murphy may play at the power forward position, but man can this big guy shoot, which is what Florida will rely on him to do in 2012. 

3. Scottie Wilbekin

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    Since Erving Walker was the starting point guard last season, Scottie Wilbekin barely got any playing time at 2.6 minutes per game.

    Well, he better be ready to suit up because he will most likely start off the season as a member of the Gators starting five.

    Wilbekin could very easily lose his starting position to incoming freshman Braxton Ogbueze, but he will still be very important to the team in the time being because he will be counted on to set up plays and such. 

2. Patric Young

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    Patric Young may have put up 10.2 points per game last season, but expect that number to significantly increase in the upcoming season.

    The Gators will still likely be a three-point shooting team, but Young will be the second scoring option on this team, instead of the fourth or fifth like he was last season. 

    Young's offense has gotten better and better, which goes pretty nicely with his rebounding skills and ability to be an absolute man on the defensive side of the ball. 

    You can bet that Young will be very important to the Gators next season. 

1. Kenny Boynton

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    A shooting guard usually isn't the most important player on a basketball team, but Kenny Boynton will be one of the best players in the nation next season. 

    He managed to lead a very talented Florida team in scoring last season, with 15.9 points per game. That number is going to increase, since Boynton will be the go-to guy and all. Boynton is the type of player that knocks down threes at will. That's what he does. 

    However, he can also finish at the rim, but Florida will rely on his impressive shooting from outside of the perimeter all season long.


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