Following a successful run into the Elite 8 last season, Florida’s men’s basketball needs to replace some key contributors. Junior guard Jalen Hudson, a Virginia Tech transfer, will look to play a major role in his first season on the active roster.
Hudson sat out all of last year after transferring from Virginia Tech. Clearly, the Gators will definitely need a lot from Hudson offensively after losing Justin Leon, Kasey Hill, Canyon Barry and Devin Robinson. Those four players were responsible for 39.6 points per game in 2016-17.
In his freshman and sophomore seasons at Virginia Tech, Hudson averaged 6.9 and 8.4 points per game, respectively. Towards the end of his career with the Hokies, he showed potential as a knockdown three-point shooter.
Fortunately, the newcomer to the Swamp will be accompanied by plenty of experienced players. This crew will undoubtedly be led by senior guard Chris Chiozza who has already logged 103 games as a Gator. Joining him is co-senior, John Egbunu, and two-year starter, Kevaughn Allen.
After sitting on the sidelines as a spectator, Hudson is eager to get on the court with his fellow Gators.
Head coach Mike White knows how important Hudson will be this season. Scoring is the best part of Hudson’s game, and White knows defense will affect how much playing time he earns.
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Hudson isn’t the only newcomer to Florida’s roster this season. Graduate transfer Egor Koulechov was a first-team All Conference-USA selection at Rice, and he will provide a much needed shooting presence for the Gators.
Once again, the Gators will be a deep team. Florida features a solid rotation of players including likely contributors Keith Stone, Kevarrius Hayes and freshman Isaiah Stokes.
If Hudson can continue his offensive success and become more of an alpha-dog, he can help power the Gators to another deep NCAA tournament run.