Florida Gators guard Scottie Wilbekin is stepping in to replace departed point guard Erving Walker this season. In limited playing time through two season, Wilbekin has averaged around 2.6 points per game but has also recorded 58 steals. He has already earned comparisons to former Gator guard Justin Hamilton, who recorded 164 steals as a starter from 2001-03.
The biggest difference between Wilbekin and Hamilton is size. Wilbekin is 6'2, compared to the 5'8 Walker, and is more athletic than Hamilton. Wilbekin believes that he is going to bring something different to the table than Gators point guards of recent years:
"Everybody is just going to see something different than they've seen from a Florida point guard in the last three years," Wilbekin said. "I love playing defense and I love making energy plays."
Wilbekin has spent much of the offseason trying to improve his offensive game. Having only made 38.8 percent of his shots in two years, Wilbekin has been shooting about 400-500 shots per day. Add to that, head coach BIlly Donovan said that he has posted the second-highest three-point percentage during the offseason, only behind center Erik Murphy.