Florida’s Nembhard to enter NCAA transfer portal

Florida rising junior guard Andrew Nembhard. [Brad McClenny/The Gainesville Sun]

Florida’s point guard situation appears to have cleared up, albeit slightly. 

Sophomore point guard Andrew Nembhard, who declared for the NBA draft for the second time in as many years, will opt out of the draft and enter the transfer portal, the Gainesville Sun has learned. He averaged 11.2 points, 5.4 assists and 2.9 rebounds last season for a Florida team that never quite lived up to lofty external preseason expectations. 

The Aurora, Canada, native posted his plans to transfer on his social media account Sunday, subsequently confirming he would not be returning to Gainesville. 

Following Nembhard’s decision to enter the draft last month, the Gators received news that freshman point guard Tre Mann would also seek an evaluation from NBA scouts, leaving Tyree Appleby and Ques Glover as the team’s lone point guards on the roster.

The Gators and coach Mike White wasted little time in finding a capable body to fill the void as UF added Michigan sit-out transfer Colin Castleton to the roster, leaving a lone roster spot for either Mann or Nembhard to fill. Florida was initially a contender in the recruitment of Nembhard’s brother, 2021 point guard prospect Ryan Nembhard, before the two sides began looking elsewhere. 

Now, with the 6-foot-5 Nembhard set to enroll elsewhere after starting every game during his two seasons at UF, Florida will await word from Mann, the Gainesville native, regarding his intentions for next season. Mann, who averaged 5.3 points and 1.9 rebounds in 29 appearances with four starts, is expected to return to the team.

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