Transfer players get to know each other on, off court

Transfer players get to know each other on, off court


The new additions to the Florida men’s basketball roster already have started bonding.

Offseason workouts, which began June 6, provided the six incoming players their first opportunity to compete alongside and against one another. The two freshmen, Denzel Aberdeen and Riley Kugel, already are well-acquainted — they were teammates in the backcourt at Dr. Phillips High School in Orlando.

The four transfers — Trey Bonham, Alex Fudge, Kyle Lofton and Will Richard — aren’t nearly as familiar with each other, and bonding with teammates doesn’t happen overnight.

There are ways to expedite it, however.

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Getting to know fellow Gators on and off the court

Transfer players get to know each other on, off court

Since settling on campus, the recent arrivals have gathered outside the facility in an attempt to further team chemistry, said point guard Lofton, a Hillside, New Jersey, native who arrived at UF by way of St. Bonaventure. Having spent four years at the collegiate level with the Bonnies, Lofton is aware of the benefits that familiarity can bring to a team.

“My first week here, we all went out to eat. We watched the NBA Finals together. We’ll probably go bowling soon,” Lofton said earlier this week. .”

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