Florida might not have John Egbunu for NIT matchup with North Florida

John Egbunu is Florida's leader in blocked shots and is second on the team in rebounds.

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Florida could be without center John Egbunu against North Florida in the National Invitational Tournament.

Coach Mike White said Monday it’s unclear whether Egbunu will even travel with the Gators (19-14) to nearby Jacksonville for their first-round game Tuesday night.

Egbunu tore a ligament in his right thumb during practice last week. The 6-foot-11 sophomore played both games in the Southeastern Conference Tournament, averaging 9.5 points and 7.5 rebounds.

White says Egbunu is uncertain to play against North Florida and that "there’s talk about surgery here in the very near future."

Egbunu is averaging 11.4 points and 6.4 rebounds this season. He has five double-doubles and has been Florida’s most consistent post scorer.