Florida lands Sam Alexis from the portal

Florida lands Sam Alexis from the portal

The first addition to Florida’s 2024-25 roster is Sam Alexis, who just completed his sophomore season at Chattanooga. The Apoka native, who is a 6-foot-9, 230-pound forward, committed to the Gators this morning.

Alexis started 32 of 33 games for the Mocs this past season, averaging 10.8 points, 9.1 rebounds, 2.1 blocked shots and 1.8 assists per game. He made 55.0 percent of his field-goal attempts, 26.9 percent of his 3-pointers and 48.4 percent of his free throws.

As a true freshman for Chattanooga in 2022-23, Alexis logged 11.8 minutes per game. He averaged 5.0 points and 3.8 rebounds per game while shooting at a 52.1 percent clip from the field.

Alexis will join a frontcourt that features Alex Condon and Thomas Haugh, who both had promising freshman seasons for the Gators. Todd Golden’s team lost starting power forward Tyrese Samuel (eligibility) and the timetable for the return of Micah Handlogten remains unclear. Handlogten sustained a broken leg vs. Auburn in the SEC Tournament finals.

Florida star guard Walter Clayton announced Monday that he’s testing the NBA waters while maintaining his college eligibility, but Clayton will most likely be back to lead UF in the third season of Golden’s tenure. Clayton averaged 17.6 points, 3.6 rebounds, 2.6 assists and 1.1 steals per game in 2023-24. He scored 33 points in the Gators’ 102-100 loss to Colorado in the NCAA Tournament.

Florida also lost starting point guard Zyon Pullin after he enjoyed an outstanding fifth season as a grad transfer from UC Riverside, averaging 15.5 points and 4.9 APG.

With the addition of Alexis and Aleks Szymczyk’s decision to enter the transfer portal yesterday, Golden and his staff have four more roster spots to fill (assuming Clayton returns).

Along with Alexis, UF is also hosting guard Lorenzo ‘LJ’ Cason and former FAU guard Alijah Martin on official visits this weekend. Cason is a 6-foot-3 three-star prospect who backed out of his commitment to FAU when Dusty May left to take the Michigan job.

Martin has started 86 times in 124 career games for FAU over the last four seasons. He’s averaged at least 13.1 PPG for three consecutive years.

Rueben Chinyelu, Oumar Ballo and Amari Williams are also booked for official visits this month. Ballo, who averaged 12.9 points, 10.1 rebounds and 1.3 BPG for Arizona this past year, is also visiting Indiana, Louisville, North Carolina and Kansas St.