GAINESVILLE — Florida guards Noah Locke and Ques Glover entered the transfer portal Thursday, one a surprise and the other expected. The losses create an even bigger backcourt hole for coach Mike White.
Locke started 51 of the last 52 games. He averaged 10.6 points and shot 40 percent from 3-point range this season. He said he’s looking for a more prominent role after finishing as the team’s fifth-leading scorer behind point guard Tre Mann, Keyontae Johnson, Colin Castleton and Tyree Appleby.
With Mann announcing a day earlier that he was leaving early for the NBA draft and Johnson’s future uncertain due to his unexplained oncourt collapse in December, Locke would have been a key returner for coach Mike White. Instead, he will transfer — there should be no shortage of suitors for a 3-point specialist and team leader — and White might have a more significant rebuilding project on his hands than anticipated.
“As is the case every spring throughout power-conference basketball, there will be movement, and the transfer portal will become as prominent as ever,” White told the school’s website. “We look forward to getting to the point where we find out who’s on our roster and getting back to work, finishing our schedule and hopefully more of a normal offseason.”
A three-year starter, Locke was at his best as a sophomore. He shot 48 percent from 3-point range in SEC play, tied for the highest in league play since Vanderbilt’s John Jenkins in 1996 (minimum 50 attempts).
Glover didn’t play in the SEC or NCAA tournaments. He scored 49 points in 20 games this season after finishing with 136 points in 31 games as a freshman in 2019-20.
In related news, Jacksonville hired White’s top assistant, Jordan Mincy, as its head coach. Mincy, 34, followed White to Gainesville from Louisiana Tech in 2015. He was named to ESPN’s “40 Under 40” in 2020, checking in as the highest-rated assistant coach on the list at No. 7. He also was named to the Black Coaches Watch List in 2021.
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