Coveted UMKC transfer Brandon McKissic picks Florida

Graham Hall
UF basketball writer
Brandon McKissic of Kansas City ranks among the Summit League leaders in scoring, shooting, assists and steals.

The Florida men’s basketball team received some good news Friday following a week of departures. 

Brandon McKissic, one of the best two-way players in the Summit League, announced he will graduate transfer to UF and spend his final season with the Gators. The 6-foot-3 guard averaged a career-high 17.2 points per game last season, along with 3.7 rebounds and 3.3 assists a contest.  

Not only was McKissic an efficient scorer for the University of Missouri–Kansas City —he shot 42.9 percent from 3-point line —he averaged 1.5 steals per game and was named the league’s Defensive Player of the Year in 2020-21. 

McKissic, 23, is the first transfer portal addition for the Gators — his graduate status may not be needed with the NCAA moving in favor of one-time transfers — but he won’t be the last. 

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He posted his commitment edit wearing No. 23, the jersey number vacated by Scottie Lewis, who announced late Thursday he would enter the NBA draft and hire an agent, ending his tenure at UF. Colin Castleton and Tre Mann will test the NBA draft waters as well, with the former having a chance to return to Florida and the latter considered a top-20 pick in July.

Florida also had guard Noah Locke, forward Omar Payne, backup point guard Ques Glover and reserve forward Osayi Osifo enter the transfer portal in the past week.

On Florida's scholarship roster for next season are Castleton, who is expected to return, point guard Tyree Appleby, forward Anthony Duruji, guard Niels Lane, forward Samson Ruzhentsev and center Jason Jitoboh. 

Talented guard Kowacie Reeves is the lone Gators' signee for their 2021 class.

It's unclear the status of SEC Preseason Player of the Year Keyontae Johnson, who has not been cleared to practice or play since collapsing on the court during a game in December.