The best Gators transfer portal wins and loses
The Transfer Portal has revolutionized team building in college sports in recent years, especially soccer and men’s basketball, creating a de facto system of free agency that allows student-athletes to pursue greener pastures if their initial instincts about their current school were wrong. However, transferring players from one program to another is nothing new as it was an option – albeit a difficult one that required a player to sit out a year before becoming re-eligible to play.
Florida basketball has been no stranger to transfers over the years, with many going through the inside door as well as the outside door. ESPN’s John Gasaway recently took a look at the best transfers ever in and out of every SEC school, including the Gators, which includes a household name that still spends time on the NBA court as well as one that isn’t as well known.
Best transfer in: Dorian Finney-Smith, 2013-16
Finney-Smith’s three seasons in Florida spanned the Billy Donovan and Michael White eras, and in each of his final two years he was the Gators’ leading scorer. The current Dallas Maverick started his college career playing for Seth Greenberg at Virginia Tech.
Largest outgoing transfer: Mario Bogan, 2002-03
Boggan passed through Florida, St. Bonaventure (briefly and without speaking for the Bonnies) and Chipola Junior College before landing at Oklahoma State and earning first-team All-Big 12 honors with the Cowboys in 2007 He passes 2022 Cousy Award finalist and Gonzaga stalwart Andrew Nembhard (who played for the Gators from 2018-2020) for that distinguished title.
Finney-Smith has had a stellar professional career since leaving Florida, posting six seasons – all with the Mavs – averaging 8.2 points, 4.5 rebounds, 1.4 assists, 0.8 steals and 0.4 blocks in 27.3 minutes per game. His best season came in 2021-22 when he averaged double-digit points for the first time with 11 with a career-high 33.1 minutes per game.
On the other hand, Boggan played a year with Anaheim Arsenal of the NBA D-League in the 2007-08 season, averaging 1.2 points, 1.2 rebounds and 0.2 assists in six games. He also played ball overseas in Europe before hanging up his trainers.
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