The Florida Gators received bad news with the announcement that rising junior guard Andrew Nembhard would be withdrawing from the draft and transferring from the program. This move is somewhat surprising considering the guard was expected to return to the program and continue his success with the Gators. Nembhard could have been one of the best guards in the country next year, so this is a serious blow to the Florida Gator’s basketball program. The list of schools to contact Nembhard will likely be a long one. He will have to sit a year, but will then have two years left to play.
BREAKING: Florida’s Andrew Nembhard will withdraw from the NBA Draft and intends to transfer, source told @Stadium. The 6-foot-5 sophomore point guard averaged 11.2 points and 5.6 assists per game this past season and should be a pursued heavily by other high-major schools.
— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanHoops) May 30, 2020
This was a surprising move from Nembhard who was fairly successful in both of his years with the Florida Gators. He improved on his freshmen year and the program, along with fans, was looking forward to his junior year in the program. His experience and talent will lead to plenty of teams hoping to gain his services for two years. The Gators underperformed despite a talented roster in his sophomore year. Some people have been critical of head coach Mike White and this is yet another troubling sign with his program.
— NCAA March Madness (@marchmadness) March 15, 2019
Nembhard may attempt to get a waiver so he can play immediately, but it is unclear if he will be able to this late into the offseason. He will first have to decide which school he wants to play for his final two seasons.