BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Florida coach Mike White has an interesting challenge this season. For the first time in his coaching career, he gets to coach a five-star prospect in point guard Andrew Nembhard.
“It’s foreign to me and my staff,” White said. “It’s not foreign to the University of Florida.”
Nembhard has the challenge of following the veteran Chris Chiozza, who was a security blanket for the Gators, leading them to the 2017 Elite Eight and finishing last season as the program’s career leader in assists.
Chiozza, senior guard Jalen Hudson said, “was so experienced. His IQ was so high. I felt he was so far above the other point guards in the league.”
But Hudson, White and senior center Kevarrius Hayes all expressed confidence in the 6-foot-4 freshman Nembhard, part of Florida’s highly rated class.
“Cheese was a great player,” Hudson said. “Andrew is a great player as well.”
“For a freshman, he has a lot of poise,” Hayes said. “He’s a really great passer.”
White called Nembhard “an elite passer” and more. “Regardless of where he was ranked, he’s a high-character guy, a high-IQ guy.”