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Florida’s Transfer Portal Additions Signal Clear Change In Team Strategy

When it came to Florida’s 2023 transfer portal class it was all about buckets, buckets, and more buckets.

Walter Clayton came from Iona and was someone who could light it up from three and get to rim with an electric first step, but as just a sophomore he was yet to master the defensive intricacies of the game. Zyon Pullin was an elite pick and roll operator who could get his own bucket in isolation, but he wasn’t someone who could lift UC Riverside from being the 6th best defense in the Big West. Tyrese Samuel was a stout post up defender from a physical Big East, but the plan to take him and play him exclusively at power forward was a move geared towards maximizing the offense while knowing Florida’s defensive versatility would be damaged.