Florida basketball may have had a forgettable year on the court, but there are still a few players from that team with NBA potential who are showing it off to scouts.
One of those was Gators’ big man Colin Castleton, who looks fully recovered from the broken hand he suffered in a game against Ole Miss.
Castleton was one of the most dominant players in the SEC last season before his injury, scoring 16 points, grabbing 7.7 rebounds, and blocking three shots per game.
His defense was on full display this week at the G-League Elite Combine.
Ever since he transferred to Gainesville from Michigan, Colin had been the centerpiece of Florida’s team every year.
The offense ran through him, and he was the anchor for the Gators on defense, protecting the rim at an elite level.
While he didn’t drop a casual 20 points every night, when he was feeling good, there was nothing that the opposing defense could do to stop him.
He has enough power to rock the rim when he gets momentum, and can make a defender look silly.
While Castleton was the headliner for the Gators, I can’t write this without mentioning Alex Fudge. He was also at the camp with Colin, and some scouts like his upside even more than Castleton’s.
Fudge never really got it going with the Gators, but has great length and high upside on both ends of the court.
To the surprise of a lot of media covering the camp, neither Colin nor Alex was invited to the NBA Combine, which took 10 of these 44 guys.
Still, we can expect them both to sign with teams whether they are drafted or not.
It’s always good to see former Gators performing well on a professional stage, and even better to see these guys showing off for NBA scouts after collegiate seasons that they both wish ended differently.
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