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10 Graduate Transfer Options for the Gators

April 3, 2018
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In the past couple of seasons, graduate transfers have done a number for the Florida Gators. This past year, Egor Koulechov finished second on the team in scoring (13.8 PPG) and first on the team in rebounding (6.4 RPG) after transferring from Rice. During the 2016-2017 season, Canyon Barry contributed 11.4 PPG on 33.6% shooting from beyond the arc after transferring from Charleston.

It’s important to note that the Gators will only have a spot open for a graduate transfer if Jalen Hudson decides to leave for the 2018 NBA Draft - or if a current player decides to transfer. If Hudson elects to come back to Florida and no one trasfers, the Gators will be at the NCAA limit of 13 scholarships.

Below is a list of immediately eligible players that UF could greatly benefit from if they decide to transfer.

F Femi Olujobi (North Carolina A&T)
Height/Weight:
6’8”…233 pounds
Stats: 16.3 PPG, 7.7 RPG, 53.6 FG%, 29 3P%, 77.6 FT%, 31.9 MPG

Olujobi would give the Gators another post presence and has the ability to step out from the key and knock down mid-range jumpers. The Long Island product started his career at Oakland before transferring to NC A&T. Olujobi posted 7 double-doubles last season and recorded at least 20 points in 11 different contests for the Aggies. In three games vs. Power5 schools last season (Clemson, Georgetown, Virginia Tech), Olujobi averaged 19.7 points and 5.3 rebounds per game.

Top Performance: Olujobi dropped 37 points and 18 rebounds against Jacksonville on November 18, sinking 13-of-22 attempts from the field.

F Trey Porter (Old Dominion)
Height/Weight:
6’10”…230 pounds
Stats: 13.2 PPG, 6.2 RPG, 1.3 BPG, 58.8 FG%, 67 FT%

Porter is another frontcourt option for the Gators and has an extremely refined offensive game in the low-post. Porter started his career at George Mason, transferring to Old Dominion after the 2014-2015 season. The forward from Woodbridge, VA averaged 20.5 points and 7.5 rebounds on 67.4% shooting in the Monarchs’ final four games of the year against FAU, FIU, LA Tech and Western Kentucky. He also posted 4 double-doubles last season.

Top Performance: Porter finished with 29 points and 12 rebounds on 9-of-12 shooting from the floor and 11-of-13 shooting at the free throw line against FAU on March 1.

C Wyatt Walker (Samford)
Height/Weight:
6’9”…240 pounds
Stats: 9.0 PPG, 5.0 RPG, 46.7 FG%, 80 FT%

Walker only played two games last season with the Bulldogs due to a knee injury, but has an added bonus that not many other graduate transfers have. The Jacksonville-native will be immediately available next season and still has two years of eligibility left because of that injury. During his sophomore year, Walker averaged 12.9 points, 9.7 rebounds and 0.9 blocks per game on 58.6% shooting from the field. He also sunk 76.1% of his free throw attempts that season. Walker is tremendous at finishing with contact and can occasionally step out and hit a shot from deep.

Top Performance: During his sophomore season, Walker notched 23 points, 13 rebounds, 4 assists and 3 blocks on 10-of-14 shooting against Canisius in a CIT game.

F Ryan Luther (Pittsburgh)
Height/Weight:
6’9”…225 pounds
Stats: 12.7 PPG, 10.1 RPG, 2.8 APG, 1.6 SPG, 45.7 FG%, 38.7 3P%

With Luther, there are still some questions that need to be answered as to whether or not he will transfer. First, Luther played 10 games last season for the Panthers before suffering a season-ending foot injury. He must be given a medical redshirt by the NCAA to have eligibility for next year as he’s already played collegiate basketball for four seasons. Next, it’s still up in the air as to whether Luther actually transfers. He was reportedly sad to see Kevin Stallings fired from Pitt, but hasn’t officially made a decision to whether or not he will transfer. If he decides to leave Pittsburgh, Florida should go after him with all their recruiting might. Luther is the prototypical modern big man with a polished shot in the mid-range and beyond. He’s also gifted scorer who has a knack for cleaning up misses and scoring second-chance points.

Top Performance: Luther dropped 18 points, 10 rebounds, 4 assists and 3 steals on 5-of-6 shooting against Lehigh on November 25.

F Tory Miller-Stewart (Colorado)
Height/Weight:
6’9”…246 pounds
Stats: 6.2 PPG, 4.7 RPG, 66.7 FG

Like Luther, Tory Miller-Stewart must receive a medical waiver from the NCAA for a fifth season of eligibility. Miller-Stewart suffered a broken bone in his foot after just 6 games with the Buffaloes last season. The Kansas City, Kansas-product is a thunderous dunker who rarely misses easy opportunities at the rim. Miller-Stewart shot above 53% in each of his final seasons at Colorado and plays with an extremely high motor.

Top Performance: Miller-Stewart recorded 19 points, 10 rebounds and 3 blocks his sophomore year vs. Hampton on December 19, 2015.

F Abdul Lewis (NJIT)
Height/Weight:
6’10”…225 pounds
Stats: 12.1 PPG, 8.8 RPG, 50.8 FG%, 40.0 3P%, 65.7 FT%

Lewis started his career at South Alabama before transferring to NJIT to move closer to his hometown of Newark, NJ. Lewis developed an efficient jumper from beyond the arc during the 2017-2018 season, boosting his three-point clip from 26.7% during the 2016-2017 season to 40% this past year. His wide frame allows him to stand strong on defense, guarding both power forwards and centers. He’s also an efficient rebounder, ranking 79th in offensive rebounding percentage and 95th in defensive rebounding percentage in the NCAA last season. Lewis notched 8 double-doubles last season and 12 double-digit rebounding games. He set the school’s single-season rebounding record last season as well.

Top Performance: Lewis posted 27 points, 13 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 blocks on 10-of-15 shooting at Lipscomb on February 3.

G Zach Johnson (FGCU)
Height/Weight:
6’2…195 pounds
Stats: 16.1 PPG, 3.3 RPG, 3.0 APG, 2.0 SPG, 46.9 FG%, 39.2 3P%, 78.1 FT%

Johnson finished last season on an absolute tear, averaging 25.8 points on 52.3% shooting from the field, 60% shooting from long-range and 87.5% shooting from the free throw line in the Eagles’ final three games. Johnson has already received inquiries from Gonzaga, Louisville, Oklahoma, Miami, Creighton and Xavier about transferring, according to ESPN’s Jeff Borzello. If Jalen Hudson leaves for the NBA next season, Johnson would be an immediate replacement as a scoring threat for the Gators if he decides to transfer to Florida.

Top Performance: Johnson scored 37 points, while adding 3 steals, against Lipscomb on March 4 in the Atlantic Sun championship game.

G Nat Dixon (Chattanooga)
Height/Weight:
6’4”…180 pounds
Stats: 13.8 PPG, 4.6 RPG, 1.9 APG, 1.0 SPG, 43.6 FG%, 39.5 3P%, 73.5 FT%

Dixon only spent two seasons at Chattanooga, but is immediately eligible for transfer after spending the first two years of his college career at East Mississippi Community College. The Panama City-native had six 20+ point games last season and has a sweet stroke from beyond the arc. Dixon is an excellent defender and ranked in the top 100 nationally last season in fouls committed per 40 minutes.

Top Performance: Dixon went for 30 points and 8 rebounds on 9-of-16 shooting against UNC-Greensboro, who qualified for the 2018 NCAA Tournament, on January 29.

G Justin Coleman (Samford)
Height/Weight:
5’10”…170 pounds
Stats: 13.5 PPG, 6.6 APG, 2.8 RPG, 43.6 FG%, 37.3 3P%, 80.6 FT%

Coleman, while only 5’10”, plays with tremendous heart and passion. His vision is terrific and his handles are way better than the mid-major guard that he was the past season. Coleman played his first two seasons at Alabama before transferring to Samford for the 2017-2018 season. The Birmingham-native posted 14 games with 7 or more assists and hit three or more shots from beyond the arc in 9 different games last season.

Top Performance: Coleman dropped 19 points, 15 assists and 4 rebounds on 9-of-11 shooting at the free throw line in Samford’s season-ending loss to Chattanooga on March 2.

F Tariq Owens (St. John’s)
Height/Weight:
6’11”…205 pounds
Stats: 8.4 PPG, 5.9 RPG, 2.8 BPG, 50.4 FG%, 32.4 3P%, 69.0 FT%

Owens started his career at Tennessee before transferring to St. John’s, where he’s been for the past two seasons. The Odenton, Maryland-product developed a three-point game last season and is a fantastic defender in the low-post. Owens ranked 17th in the nation last year in block percentage and had 17 games of at least 3 blocks last season. His 8-block performance against Georgetown on January 9 was absolutely absurd. While Owens may prefer to stay in the northeast for his final season, it’s worth the Gators taking a shot to see if he’ll transfer down south.

Top Performance: Owens recorded 19 points, 14 rebounds and 4 blocks against Seton Hall on 8-of-12 shooting from the field on December 31.

10 Graduate Transfer Options for the Gators

7,749 Views | 7 Replies | Last: 3 yr ago by Mark Wheeler
Bdtyson
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Good stuff. Do you think it hurts us that we are waiting for Hudson? Playing from behind?
Gator5000e
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Great run down. And thanks for posting it in the thread and not making us go to another page to read it.
JakeWinderman
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I think it definitely hurts a little bit. Gators signed Egor Koulechov last year on April 18 because they knew they had an open spot. If they didn't and had a similar situation with Devin Robinson, it definitely would've hurt.
VaGator7
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good article and I like how the article is part of the message thread. would be nice if the article could quickly/easily be collapsed though so I don't have to scroll through it to get to the thread each time.
JakeWinderman
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Will make note of this and pass it along to Mark. Thanks you for the feedback! Which transfer would you most like to see end up at UF?
Mark Wheeler
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Owens picked Texas over Maryland.
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VaGator7 said:

good article and I like how the article is part of the message thread. would be nice if the article could quickly/easily be collapsed though so I don't have to scroll through it to get to the thread each time.


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