Florida lands Chattanooga forward from transfer portal

Florida earned a commitment from Chattanooga transfer forward Sam Alexis over Georgia, Mississippi State, Providence and Xavier on Saturday, according to On3’s Joe Tipton.

“I committed (to Florida) because it was a great fit and has always been a dream to come play for the Gators growing up,” Alexis said. “Honestly, I’m a UCF guy, but the Gators have always been second and it felt like home and I love coach Golden and the staff.”

Alexis is No. 29 overall among players in the transfer portal, according to On3. He averaged 5 points and 3.8 rebounds over 32 games off the bench as a freshman and nearly averaged a double-double (10.8 points and 9.1 rebounds) as a starter for Chattanooga this past season. Alexis improved on the defensive end, blocking 2.1 shots per game.

He should compete for a starting spot given Florida’s current roster. Alex Condon and Thomas Haugh both gained experience as freshmen, but they’re the only forward left in Gainesville. Micah Handlogten is the other frontcourt player on the roster. He’ll miss most, if not all, of next season, recovering from the gruesome leg injury he suffered in the SEC Tournament championship.

In a way, Alexis will replace Handlogten in the frontcourt rotation. He’s a defensive presence that finished at an extremely effective rate in the paint. He’s 6-foot-9 inches tall, so he might not take over Handlogten’s spot in center, but he should play a similar role for the team.

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