The Florida Gators will be returning sophomore point guard Andrew Nembhard who played for Team Canada this summer during the FIBA World Cup that was held in China. Nembhard gained some high level experience that should be helpful for the Gators throughout the season. Florida will also be led by senior big man Kerry Blackshear Jr. who transferred from Virginia Tech where he averaged 15 points, 7.5 rebounds and 2.4 assists last year for the Hokies. The Gators recruiting class includes two five-star players in Scottie Lewis and Tre Mann. Lewis is a 6’5” small forward with amazing athletic ability which he utilizes on both ends of he floor. Lewis is expected to enter the NBA Draft after this season. Mann is a 6’4” guard with great range and play-making ability who will share the facilitator role with Nembhard. In addition, Florida is returning sophomore wings Keyontae Johnson and Noah Locke who will play pivotal roles in the Gators’ success this season.
A trip to the Final Four in Atlanta wouldn’t be a big surprise for this team who plays in-state rival Florida State early on in the season (Nov. 10th). Florida then headlines the Charleston Classic taking on Saint Joseph’s in their opening game (Nov. 21st). The Gators open conference play at home against Alabama (Jan. 4th) and conclude with what should be a barn burner against Kentucky in Gainesville (March 7th).