Florida’s Alex Condon earns All-SEC freshman team honor

Florida basketball had a successful regular season despite a significant overhaul of the roster during the previous offseason, necessitating a mix of transfer portal players as well as younger contributors to move forward in Todd Golden’s second year as head coach.

Among those additions that helped put the Gators over the top was former three-star prospect Alex Condon, a former Australian Rules Football player who crossed the Pacific to play for the Orange and Blue. The 6-foot-11-inch forward/center from Perth – who also played cricket and water polo as a youth — helped form a formidable frontcourt for Florida that was among the best in the nation when it comes to offensive rebounding.

As a result of his efforts during the 2023-24 campaign, he became the first Gators frontcourt player since 2011 to earn a spot on the All-SEC freshman team; Patric Young was the last to achieve the honor.

Condon appeared in all 31 of Florida’s games, averaging 7.5 points, 6.5 rebounds and a team-best 1.2 blocks per game in 19.7 minutes per outing. He recorded double-digits on the scorecard in four of his final six games as well.

He finished the regular season ranked No. 167 in offensive rebounding and No. 100 in defensive rebounding rates in the nation, while also coming in at No. 128 in block percentage among all qualified Division I players.

Florida is a No. 6 seed in the SEC Tournament, giving it a first-round bye and matching the Gators up with the winner of Game 2 on Thursday, March 14, inside Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tennessee. Tipoff is slated for a late 9:30 p.m. ET start on the SEC Network.

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