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Florida’s rebuild begins with grad transfer guard McKissic

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) – After a week of departures that saw four of his players enter the transfer portal and two more turn pro, Florida coach Mike White replaced them on Friday. White got a commitment from Kansas City guard Brandon McKissic, a senior who led the Roos with 17.2 points a game this past season and was a finalist for the Lefty Driesell National Defensive Player of the Year Award. McKissic announced his landing spot on social media. He will be a graduate transfer in Gainesville during the 2021-22 season.

He could be one of at least four transfers in Florida’s starting lineup next season, joining big man Colin Castleton (Michigan), point guard Tyree Appleby (Cleveland State), and forward Anthony Duruji (Louisiana Tech). Castleton put his name in the NBA draft in hopes of getting feedback on ways to improve. He did not hire an agent and is expected to stay in school.

The Gators also are in the mix for Boston College’s CJ Felder, a 6-oot-7 forward from South Carolina who averaged 9.7 points and 5.9 rebounds as a sophomore for the Eagles this season. Felder also has offers from Cincinnati, Clemson, UConn, LSU, Murray State, Ole Miss, South Carolina, Texas A&M, Texas Tech, Vanderbilt, Virginia, and Xavier. McKissic averaged 3.7 rebounds and 1.2 steals and shot 43% from the 3-point range. The 6-foot-3 Missouri native was named the Summit League’s Defensive Player of the Year and earned a All-Summit League Second Team spot.


White still has more mining to do for the transfer portal.

Guards Tre Mann and Scottie Lewis entered the NBA draft with plans of hiring agents. Shooting guard Noah Locke, forward Omar Payne, backup point guard Ques Glover, and reserve ahead Osayi Osifo entered the portal hoping to find more playing time or a more prominent role elsewhere.

Teams are dealing with defections and rebuilds as players take advantage of lenient NCAA transfer rules and a portal that’s ballooned to nearly 1,200 guys seeking new places to play.last five years are gone. His entire 2016 and 2017 classes transferred. Only Keyontae Johnson remains from the 2018 class, which lost talented point guard Andrew Nembhard to Gonzaga last year and now is without Locke. Seldom-used center Jason Jitoboh is the lone holdover from White’s highly touted 2019 class that featured Lewis and Mann.

The Gators signed one recruit for their 2021 class: talented guard Kowacie Reeves.

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