Gators land 7-foot-1 SBC Freshman of the Year

Gators land 7-foot-1 SBC Freshman of the Year

Micah Handlogten, a 7-foot-1 center who garnered Sun Belt Freshman of the Year honors while playing at Marshall during the 2022-23 season, committed to the University of Florida this morning.

Gators land 7-foot-1 SBC Freshman of the Year

Handlogten started all 32 games for the Thundering Herd, averaging 7.6 points, 9.8 rebounds, 2.3 blocked shots, 1.3 steals and 1.2 assists per game. He made 66.2 percent of his field-goal attempts.

Marshall finished the season 24-8 straight up and 19-12 against the spread. That was good for a share of second place in the Sun Belt Conference’s regular-season standings, finishing tied with Louisiana and one game back of Southern Miss.

However, the Herd were upset 71-68 by Texas St. as an eight-point ‘chalk’ in the opening round of the SBC Tournament. Marshall allowed a seven-point lead to evaporate in the final five minutes against the Bobcats.

Handlogten had his best game of the year in an 81-66 win at Coastal Carolina. He scored 19 points, snagged 19 rebounds, blocked five shots, made two steals and dished out one assist. Five days later in an 89-67 win at Southern Miss, he produced 17 points, 16 boards, three steals and two blocked shots.

With three-time All-SEC center Colin Castleton moving on to pursue professional opportunities, this is an outstanding get for Todd Golden and his staff. The Gators have already added Yale transfer power forward EJ Jarvis, who averaged 11.3 points, 5.5 rebounds and 1.5 blocked shots per game for the Bulldogs this past season.

Most important, UF is also bringing back Riley Kugel, who was an SEC All-Freshman Team selection.

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