Gak, Koulechov finish strong at World University Games

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Florida graduate transfer forward Egor Koulechov and sophomore center Gorjok Gak both finished off with strong showings at the World University Games in Taiwan.

The 6-foot-5 Koulechov averaged 15.1 points and 4.8 rebounds over eight games, helping lead Team Israel to a sixth place finish. The 6-foot-11 Gak, meanwhile, averaged 11.1 points and 8.3 rebounds to help lead Team Australia to ninth place.

Koulechov scored 24 points twice, posting a double-double against Australia (24 points, 11 rebounds) while adding 24 points and 3 rebounds against Finland on 10 of 14 shooting from the floor.

Gak recorded a pair of double doubles against the Russian Federation (16 points, 11 rebounds) and Estonia (17 points, 10 rebounds).

“Great experience representing Australia,” Gak tweeted Tuesday. “Excited for this up and coming season.”

Koulechov, a Rice transfer who shot 47.1 percent from 3-point range this season, will battle Virginia Tech 6-6 transfer Jalen Hudson for the starting small forward job at Florida this season. Gak will take on an important role backing up starting center Kevarrius Hayes until John Egbunu returns from a torn ACL in early January.

Other notes:

— 2018 point guard recruit Devon Dotson will  take an official visit to Florida on Sept. 8, the weekend of UF’s football opener against Northern Colorado. Doston, ranked 26th in the country in ESPN.com’s latest Top 100 prospects, is among a handful of point guards Florida is recruiting in the 2018, a list that includes Elijah Weaver (No. 42 in ESPN Top 100), Andrew Nembhard (No. 46 in ESPN Top 100) and Mike DeVoe (No. 56 in ESPN Top 100).

— Florida is ranked No. 7 in ESPN.com’s way-too-early Top 25. Of the Gators, ESPN.com wrote: “Florida could secure SEC preseason favorite honors with Kentucky. Postseason standouts Chris Chiozza and KeVaughn Allen will return as one of the nation’s top backcourt combos.”

 

 

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