Florida Basketball: Gators land Rueben Chinyelu from Washington State out of portal

The 6'11" center was a rotation player for the Cougars in 2023/24, but has plenty of upside.
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They don't call him Portal God Todd for nothing as Florida Basketball landed its second transfer portal commit of the 2024 cycle.

And while Rueben Chinyelu may not garner the headlines like some other prospects, he adds to the collection of big men that Golden has assembled in Gainesville.

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Chinyelu is listed at 6'11" and 245 pounds with a 7'8" wingspan. Originally from Enugu, Nigeria, Chinyelu played for Washington State during his freshman campaign before hitting the transfer portal.

He averaged 13.9 minutes a game with the Cougars, but managed to put up some solid numbers despite the limited playing time. He avearged 4.7 points, 5 rebounds, and 1.3 blocks per game.

On film, it is easy to see where the upside with Chinyelu is. Given his length, he is a hook shot wizard able to float the ball over seemingly everyone to score. He doesn't dunk the ball a ton, as his sweet spot appears to be right at the edge of the charge circle, but don't let that trick you into thinking he isn't physical.

He was able to snag 5 rebounds a game in just 14 minutes of action because he never stops fighting for inside postion. And even when he is beat to the inside, his length allows him to reach over and grab the ball. Chinyelu also managed 1.3 blocks per game, and while most of his stops are near the rim he is capable of stepping out as needed.

His weakness was turnovers and he wasn't the greatest of passers. And at 48% free throws are an adventure for him.

But Chinyelu should fit in well with Golden's offense as a rotation guy given his ability to run the court, fight for offensive rebounds, and protect the rim.

He will have three years of eligibility remaining.