By LARRY VAUGHT
Florida figures to be one of the best teams in the Southeastern Conference next season even if it did fizzle last season after being ranked in the preseason top 10.
However, got to admit I did not expect the news Saturday that junior guard Andrew Nembhard was going to transfer. I didn’t expect him to keep his name in the NBA draft after he averaged 11.2 points and 5.6 assists last year when he shot 31 percent from 3-point range.
The 6-5 Nembhard had seven points, five rebounds and eight assists in the final game of the regular season when Kentucky staged a dramatic rally to beat the host Gators. He had just one turnover in the game.
Florida returns a lot of talent starting with guards Keyontae Johnson, Scottie Lewis, Noah Locke and Tre Mann, who has decided to take his name out of the draft as well. Transfers Tyree Appleby and Anthony Duruji will also both be eligible after sitting out last season and I am told freshmen Samson Ruzhentsev is really a quality player as well.
Nembhard would have been perhaps the SEC’s top returning point guard if he had not opted to transfer. What’s so surprising to me is that unless there is a reason we don’t know about, why would he go from testing his NBA worth to likely having to sit out next season?
Could Kentucky have interest? I doubt it but with John Calipari, one never knows especially after he has added three transfers for next year’s team.