Florida basketball and Todd Golden have done awesome work in the transfer portal this offseason, landing multiple players at positions of need.
But they’re still on the hunt for one more guard and may be eyeing a future Gator coming out of Saint Peter’s.
I’m talking about Jaylen Murray, a guard entering his third year in college who is in the transfer portal and has scheduled an official visit to come to Gainesville from May 29-31.
Despite only playing two years, Murray has a lot more experience than most of the guys currently on the Gators’ roster, especially when it comes to the postseason.
Murray was a part of the Saint Peter’s team that made it to the Elite Eight in 2022 and was an integral part of their run.
He never shied away from the moment, even though he was just a freshman.
Originally from the Bronx, Murray saw a big jump in his minutes from his freshman to his sophomore season, and his numbers increased with them.
He scored 12.8 points per game last season (up from 5.8), grabbed 2.9 rebounds (1.6), and dished out 2.3 assists (1.6).
His shooting numbers also increased. He shot 35.7% from three-point range, up from 32.8%, and shot 83.3% from the free throw line, improving from 64.9%.
That kind of growth is very encouraging, and it makes Todd Golden and his staff feel like the best version of Murray is yet to come, hopefully in a Gator uniform.
Standing at 5’11”-175, Murray is a little smaller than most other guards in the SEC. But we saw Markquis Nowell go on a tear all year and lead K-State to the Elite Eight.
Something about small guards from New York.
If Golden can secure Murray, it would all but finalize the Gators’ transfer class for this offseason.
And it’s a pretty good one.
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