Florida Basketball: Analyzing impact of Kowacie Reeves and Colin Castleton

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BROOKLYN, NY – DECEMBER 17: Head coach Mike White of the Florida Gators (Photo by Porter Binks/Getty Images)

Florida Basketball recently picked up new “family members” Kowacie Reeves and Colin Castleton. What kind of impacts can they make?

Consensus top 100 recruit Kowacie Reeves committed to Florida Basketball on Thursday.

” All Glory to God. Thanks to all the coaches that recruited me and to everyone that has helped me throughout this process, Reeves tweeted out his decision. “Your time and interest in my future is much appreciated. This is just the beginning, see you soon. I love you all!”

The 6-6 combo guard chose Florida over Georgia, Georgia Tech, Stanford, and Clemson. He held 15 scholarship offers overall. Reeves is an elite athlete who is also an outstanding shooter with a quick release.

The Macon (GA) native is also long and is a capable ballhandler. But he needs to bulk up considerably over the next year if he is going to make an immediate impact as well as improve his rebounding.

The four-star recruit averaged 21.3 points along with 6.7 rebounds and 2.4 steals for Westlake high school this past season. Reeves is rated as the 35th best prospect in his class by Rivals while 247Sports Composite lists him at No. 67, and 247Sports puts him at No. 95.

Reeves is Florida’s only commitment in 2021 thus far. With no seniors currently on the 2020-21 roster, the Gators roster appears set for the next couple of years. However, we all know that is not the case, and coach Mike White may still yet have to do a little more roster maneuvering for the upcoming season if Andrew Nembhard and Tre Mann decide to return after recently declaring for the NBA Draft.

Florida currently has 14 players with valid scholarships for the 2020-21 season, which is one more than a program is allotted, with Michigan transfer Colin Castleton signing his letter of intent on April 27. I do fully expect both Nembhard and Mann to return to the squad though it wouldn’t be a complete surprise that Nembhard does not return.

As the roster is currently construed, Reeves is not going to have a huge impact with the Gators next season, but I see the roster as an ever-revolving door. I don’t think Nembhard will stick around for his senior season campaign even if he does indeed comeback this season. Mann, Scottie Lewis, Keyontae Johnson, and  Omar Payne, as well as perhaps Noah Locke, could depart for the NBA. At this point, I see former Cleveland State transfer Tyree Appleby, Anthony Duruji, Alex Klatsky, and Ques Glover returning in the backcourt for the 2020-21 season.

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