- June 28, 2022 at 1:03 pm #16868
Coming up at approximately 1:30, new basketball transfers Alex Fudge and Will Richard will meet with the media. Follow along for live updates.June 28, 2022 at 1:28 pm #16869
Fudge is here. On the transfer: feels like he’s making huge jumps. Says the noise here is quieter and helps him focus moreJune 28, 2022 at 1:29 pm #16870
Weight goal: 215
Fudge says he’s at 196 right nowJune 28, 2022 at 1:30 pm #16871
On the noise at LSU last year: said it didn’t affect him personally too much, but it definitely affected the team as a wholeJune 28, 2022 at 1:31 pm #16872
On the opportunity this year: says the Gators have an opportunity to be SEC contenders with a deep tournament run.
Said they’re bringing back the Billy Donovan eraJune 28, 2022 at 1:32 pm #16874
On working with Taurean Green: said being with him has been a major learning experience with playing and practicing like a pro rather than just a college athleteJune 28, 2022 at 1:33 pm #16875
On the new staff: said they’re very confident in his physical abilities, but they want him to improve his confidence on the courts. With his length and his ability to guard all positions, they want to continue to build his game as a do-it-all playerJune 28, 2022 at 1:35 pm #16876
Fudge said he’s had conversations with the younger guys about what it’s like playing in the SEC. Said the best players come from the SECJune 28, 2022 at 1:36 pm #16878
Off the court, Fudge said the team held a bonding experience at a bowling event.
Said he bowled a 96-100, but said he’s a very good bowler.
Added that Todd Golden is a bowling genius and thought he saw him bowl like 5 strikes in a rowJune 28, 2022 at 1:38 pm #16879
On Trey Bonham: said he was familiar with him prior to coming to UF with St. Bonaventure playing LSU in the tournament.
Said that although Bonham didn’t have his best game, he knew Florida was getting a talented point guard.June 28, 2022 at 1:38 pm #16880
On Niels Lane: “untapped potential like me.”June 28, 2022 at 1:40 pm #16882
On Riley Kugal and Denzel Aberdeen: said he’s known them for 3-4 years and reached out to Kugal about his recruitment to FloridaJune 28, 2022 at 1:42 pm #16883
On choosing Florida: said he could feel the family environment with the new staff, which stood out among the other schools recruiting himJune 28, 2022 at 1:51 pm #16885
Fudge is done. Waiting on Richard.June 28, 2022 at 1:59 pm #16888
Richard is hereJune 28, 2022 at 2:01 pm #16889
On his status now as a player: said it’s a blessing seeing his hard work as a player pay off.
Said while he was at Belmont, the mindset was to prove that he could play at the highest levelJune 28, 2022 at 2:02 pm #16890
From high school to college, Richard said he improved on shooting at all three levels and transition playJune 28, 2022 at 2:02 pm #16891
On navigating the portal: said his parents, trainers and other family helped guide him through the processJune 28, 2022 at 2:04 pm #16892
On choosing Florida: said the new coaches’ goals matched up with his own personal goals which stood out.
On Todd Golden: said you can tell he invests in his players. You’ll see Golden participating in workouts and lifts while growing those off-court relationshipsJune 28, 2022 at 2:05 pm #16893
On being at Florida: said the workouts are more intense than at smaller schools and the speed is fasterJune 28, 2022 at 2:06 pm #16894
On Taurean Green: said it’s been great working with him because of his history at UF and his history developing goalsJune 28, 2022 at 2:07 pm #16896
Richard said that Kyle Lofton and Jason Jitoboh have stood out the most on the team to him
Said Lofton has a hunger to win and Jason’s been a workhorseJune 28, 2022 at 2:09 pm #16897
On the bowling bonding trip: Richard confirmed that Golden is a bowling expert. Added that his score was not good at allJune 28, 2022 at 2:12 pm #16898
Richard on the team overall, despite guys like Castleton and Jitoboh recovering from injuries and many guys on the team being newcomers, said the team has a tremendously ability to be a great teamJune 28, 2022 at 2:12 pm #16899
Richard is done. That concludes the media availability
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