Florida basketball: Big man Colin Castleton granted waiver to play immediately

By Adam Silverstein
August 28, 2020
Florida basketball: Big man Colin Castleton granted waiver to play immediately
Basketball

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Former Michigan center Colin Castleton, who opted to transfer from the program into the Florida Gators in April, has been granted an NCAA waiver to play immediately this season. A former four-star prospect in the Class of 2018, Castleton is a native of Daytona Beach, Florida.

Castleton (6-foot-11, 235 pounds) had been a reserve for two years with the Wolverines, averaging 3.1 points and 2.4 rebounds in 7.9 minutes per game last season. He played sparingly as a freshman and was used frequently in nonconference play during his sophomore season but saw his minutes decrease in Big Ten action. However, despite his lack of on-court experience, his ceiling is said to be exceedingly high.

“There’s going to be a breakthrough,” Michigan assistant coach Phil Martelli told MLive.com in early April in regards to Castleton’s potential. “He’s a guy who could skyrocket through that ceiling.”

It will be imperative for Castleton to bulk up before the takes the court with the Gators this winter. It was believed he would have ample time and opportunity to do that as most expected him to sit a year in residence per NCAA rules. The context of his waiver is not known.

Castleton will open the 2020-21 season with two years of eligibility remaining.

Florida lost power forward Kerry Blackshear, Jr. to graduation and forwards Dontay Bassett and Gorjok Gak to transfer this offseason.

The Gators have four-star forward Samson Ruzhentsev and three-star junior college transfer power forward Osayi Osifo joining the program. Redshirt junior F Anthony Duruji, who joined the program last season as an undergraduate transfer, will also be eligible to play in the 2020-21 season.

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