Florida basketball: Jason Jitoboh, CJ Felder enter transfer portal expediting Gators’ huge turnover

By OnlyGators.com Staff
March 21, 2023
Florida basketball: Jason Jitoboh, CJ Felder enter transfer portal expediting Gators’ huge turnover

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Florida Gators basketball saw its third and fourth players enter the transfer portal this week. Seniors center Jason Jitoboh and forward CJ Felder will look to continue their careers elsewhere as graduate transfers.

Jitoboh joined the program as a developmental big man but never seemed to make strides at Florida. Though he played the most games (32) and averaged the most minutes (11.5) of his career, his shooting, rebounding and scoring declined from a year ago. He was knocked out for the season after 18 games in his junior year following an eye injury.

Felder was expected to be a significant contributor for the Gators after transferring from Boston College where he averaged 9.7 points in 27.8 minutes per game as a sophomore. Instead, he averaged just 3.1 points in 12.2 minutes per game across his two seasons at Florida. Felder only played 15 games in Year 1 under head coach Todd Golden, missing significant time for personal reasons.

The duo join guards sophomore Kowacie Reeves and junior Niels Lane in the transfer portal; both decided to move on from the Gators last week. Their departures — along with the graduations of F Colin Castleton, G Myreon Jones and G Kyle Lofton — will leave Florida with at least seven roster spots to fill this offseason.

Another transfer is possible and standout freshman G Riley Kugel is garnering NBA attention, though it is unknown whether he plans to enter his name in the NBA Draft to at least gauge his stock.

That means Golden already has to replace more than half (seven) of his scholarship count (13) and could be charged with acquiring as many as nine new faces in just his second year leading the program. Given he has stressed that recruiting will be focused on the portal and not high school freshman, the uphill climb this offseason will be significant.


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