Florida big man Omar Payne said Tuesday he is entering the transfer portal, making him potentially the sixth Gators player to leave the program since the season ended.
“Over the past 2 years here at Florida I’ve grown so much,” the 6-foot-10 sophomore posted on Twitter. “But with that being said I’ll be entering my name into the transfer portal looking for a new opportunity.”
Payne joins guards Noah Locke and Ques Glover and forward Osayi Osifo in the portal. Leading scorer and starting point guard Tre Mann has declared for the 2021 NBA Draft. Forward Colin Castleton is entering his name in the draft but won’t hire an agent should he decide to return to the Gators.
Payne averaged 3.8 points and 3.2 rebounds in 24 games (eight starts) for the Gators in 2020-21. He posted similar numbers (3.8 points, 3.6 rebounds) in 30 games (seven starts) in 2019-20.
He was suspended for seventh-seeded Florida’s first-round NCAA Tournament victory against Virginia Tech after being ejected for elbowing a Tennessee player during the SEC tournament. Payne played 11 minutes in the second-round loss to No. 15 seed Oral Roberts on March 21, tallying four points and two rebounds.
–Field Level Media