Florida basketball is hosting a big (literally) transfer portal target on campus today who can fill the gap that the Gators currently have down low.
Micah Handlogten, a transfer center from Marshall is on campus this weekend, a prospect that Golden and the Gators desperately need next season.
Micah, a freshman out of Huntersville, North Carolina, stands at 7’1” and was the Sun Belt Conference freshman of the year last season.
Handlogten, which is an awesome last name by the way, has the potential to be a difference-maker in the SEC given his size alone, and if he’s able to develop a bit as a scorer can be a major weapon for the Gators.
In his freshman season with the Thundering Herd, Micah averaged 7.6 points per game, 9.8 rebounds which was 17th in the country, and 1.2 assists on 66.2% from the field.
Micah was efficient when he went for a bucket, but isn’t a viable scorer yet from anywhere too far from the hoop. He’s only a 54.3% free throw shooter and shot a whopping 8.3% from three-point range.
Obviously, a lack of three-point shooting is nothing to hold against him as he’ll be operating in the paint, but you would like to see his free throw percentage go up as his career continues.
Defensively, Micah can cause a lot of problems for opposing teams. He swatted away 2.3 blocks per game and swiped 1.3 steals as well. He did average 3.5 fouls per game however which is something he’d need to clean up to be truly effective in the SEC.
Handlogten has a few shortcomings and aspects he needs to work on, but so is the case for 99% of freshman players. His size and defensive ability make him well worth the investment for the Gators.
If Golden can secure Micah and get him on campus, the Gators will plug a big hole in their roster for next season and will start trending up as we head toward summer.
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