Tyrese Samuel of Seton Hall signed with the Florida Gators Men’s Basketball team.
The 6-foot-10, 235-pound senior forward is only eligible for one year of play but should offer Florida a lot of what has been vacant in the last two seasons. Samuel’s height and athleticism make him a massive threat on the floor.
His first season at Seton Hall saw him average 3.2 points and 2.7 rebounds over the course of 29 games. In his second season, he averaged 5.4 points and 3.3 rebounds playing in every single game for the Pirates. In his third season for the Pirates, he continued to show leaps and bounds of improvement averaging 7.2 points and 5.4 rebounds in 29 games which saw two starts.
This past season, Samuel proved to be a pivotal player. In the season opener, Samuel scored 19 points and had 11 rebounds against FDU. In his fourth and final season for the Pirates, Samuel averaged 11 points, 5.9 rebounds and 1.1 steals per game over a 33-game season. He started and played in every game.
During this season Samuel was twice named to the Big East weekly honor roll and put up six double-doubles.
Role in New Gators’ team
Samuel becomes the fourth addition to the Gators team in a very lively transfer portal.
He joins EJ Jarvis from Yale, Micah Handlogten from Marshall, and Walter Clayton Jr. from Iona.
The Gators added lots of size to the roster with the transfers. In addition to Samuel being 6-foot-10, Handlogten measures in at 7-foot-1 and Jarvis measures in at 6-foot-8.
These additions seem to be an effort to try and replace lots of empty holes seen from departures from the team.
The team will look to replace Colin Castleton who averaged over 30 minutes and 16 points per game in his final season. That loss will be the most noteworthy and important to replace with the likes of Samuel and Handlogten.
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