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Previewing the Florida Gators point guard position

Pat O'Donnell07/31/22
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New Florida point guard Kyle Lofton. (Photo by Jordan McKendrick/UAA Communications)

With guards Tyree Appleby and Elijah Kennedy entering the transfer portal in April, head coach Todd Golden and the Florida Gators men’s basketball team had a void to fill at the point guard position.

In his first offseason with his new staff, Golden wasted no time to fill a number of holes on the roster through the transfer portal and on the recruiting trail.

Shortly after Golden was hired in Gainesville in March, 2022 three-star combo guard signee Denzel Aberdeen’s Dr. Phillips High School coach Ben Witherspoon said Aberdeen would remain committed to Florida. 

At the time, Aberdeen was the only signee to remain with the Gators as the others had received releases from their signed letters of intent.

On April 18, Virginia Military Institute guard Trey Bonham announced he would be transferring to UF, and it seemed the Gators had found their point guard.

Nearly a month later, St. Bonaventure graduate transfer guard Kyle Lofton became the second point guard to announce he would be coming to Gainesville to play for Golden in his final season of eligibility.

What the one spot will look like on the court

Considering he started in every appearance at St. Bonaventure, Lofton will almost certainly start at point guard for the Gators.

What that means is that Florida will be getting a true point guard as Lofton is a steady scorer while also dishing the ball to his teammates.

However, that doesn’t mean UF fans shouldn’t expect to see the likes of Bonham or Aberdeen. Bonham averaged 27.4 minutes last season at VMI. He will certainly see the court, and there may very well be lineups with both Lofton and Aberdeen.

Aberdeen may see the court, but it shouldn’t necessarily be expected that he will appear in every game.

Stay tuned to Gators Online.