Gators center among top 5 rim protectors, per The Athletic

The college basketball season is at its midway point — if you include the conference and NCAA tournaments as well — which makes it a good time to take a look around the nation at who has stood out so far in the 2022-23 campaign as well as those who have not. The Athletic’s Seth Davis undertook the task of providing his top five teams and players for a variety of categories.

Among those listed was Florida’s starting center Colin Castleton, who is third in the rim protector category, ranking third-best nationally in blocked shots with 3.19 per game and 17th in block percentage at 10.11%. The 6-foot-11-inch senior — who transferred from the Michigan Wolverines ahead of the 2020 season — also ranks first in the Southeastern Conference in blocks and sits at sixth with 7.6 rebounds per game; he also leads the Gators in points per game with 14.9 per.

Also mentioned was former Gators forward Keyontae Johnson, who Davis ranked first in the top transfers category. He lauded KJ’s recovery from a frightening heart scare on the court against the Florida State Seminoles two years ago, punctuated by his return to his previous SEC Preseason Player of the Year form with the Kansas State Wildcats, as one of the season’s most remarkable stories.

Johnson tied a game-high 13 points while leading both teams with 11 rebounds along with two steals and an assist against his former team in KSU’s 64-50 home win last Saturday.


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