Florida’s Nembhard to enter NCAA transfer portal

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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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  1. What a surprise. It just makes me wonder. Was it that in Coach White’s system Nembhard did not get enough opportunity to shoot and he wants to go somewhere he can show his scoring ability? That seems to be the only reason, I can think of. If it is, then frankly I can’t blame him. All season, I thought that he did not get enough of an opportunity to shoot. The offense just seemed to be geared to him setting up other guys and their shooting, other than Johnson, just wasn’t that good. I was very disappointed by the reliance of the team on others than Nembhard when it was obvious that he score from almost everywhere and should have been shooting anywhere from 20-25 times a game. If I were him, and expected this coming season to be the same, I would believe that my chances to make the NBA would be low coming from UF because I would not have a real chance to show my ability. I suspect that wherever he goes, it will be to an offense geared to his scoring. I pointed out many times this past season, that when he didn’t score over 15 points in a game they almost always lost.