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Gators’ Colin Castleton enters NBA draft for ‘feedback’

The 6-foot-11 forward says he will not hire an agent and will retain his college eligibility.
Florida forward Colin Castleton (12) blocks a shot by Oral Roberts guard Max Abmas in the Gators' second-round NCAA Tournament loss March 21 in Indianapolis.
Florida forward Colin Castleton (12) blocks a shot by Oral Roberts guard Max Abmas in the Gators' second-round NCAA Tournament loss March 21 in Indianapolis. [ AJ MAST ]
Published Mar. 29
Updated Mar. 29

GAINESVILLE — Florida big man Colin Castleton entered his name in the NBA draft Sunday in hopes of “receiving feedback that will help my dreams come true.”

The 6-foot-11 forward said he will not hire an agent and will retain his college eligibility. The junior averaged 12.4 points, 6.4 rebounds and 2.2 blocks a game. His average blocks rank as the fifth-best season mark in school history.

Castleton, who transferred to Florida after spending two years buried on Michigan’s bench, was at his best in the NCAA Tournament. He had 19 points and 14 rebounds in a win against Virginia Tech, and 14 points and 10 rebounds in a loss to Oral Roberts. He had three blocks in each game.

If he does end up leaving Florida, his departure would create an even bigger hole for coach Mike White.

Related: Gators lose 4th player in 3 days as Osayi Osifo enters portal

Point guard Tre Mann turned pro last week and plans to hire an agent. Shooting guard Noah Locke, who started 51 of the Gators’ past 51 games; backup guard Ques Glover; and reserve forward Osayi Osifo entered the transfer portal and plan to continue their careers elsewhere.

Florida could have more losses ahead. The Gators await word on guard Scottie Lewis and forward Keyontae Johnson. Lewis could test the NBA waters or transfer, and there has been no indication that Johnson will be cleared to play again at Florida. He was hospitalized after collapsing during a game in early December and ruled out for the season. The cause of his collapse has yet to be revealed.

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