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Alex Klatsky Has Chance to Contribute (Graham Hall Feature)

Discussion in 'Nuttin' but Net' started by gatorjjh, Oct 3, 2019.

  1. gatorjjh

    gatorjjh A Gator with a Glass half full attitude Moderator VIP Member

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    Florida walk-on has chance to contribute
    By Graham Hall gvl sun
    October 3, 2019
    Discussing the team’s depth at the preseason media day, Florida men’s basketball coach Mike White singled out freshman Alex Klatsky, his words implying the walk-on was a bonus for the Gators, in a sense.
    “We’ve got 14 with Alex Klatsky. So I’m not going to go (into rotations) yet,” White said. “You just never know what’ll happen.”

    White’s words were cautious, yes, but he may have been prognosticating; while many scoff at the notion of a walk-on contributing at the Power Five level, Klatsky isn’t your normal walk-on. In fact, according to someone who’s seen him excel both on and off the court over the better part of a decade, Klatsky could more than just go against the grain.

    That someone is highly regarded freshman Scottie Lewis, who has since middle school been teammates with Klatsky.

    In the eyes of Lewis, who also has been touted by teammates and coaches alike for his intellect and poise since arriving in Gainesville, Klatsky could, simply put, be great.
    But for Klatsky, that may require greater devotion towards the latter part of the term “student-athlete”.
    Florida walk-on has chance to contribute - GatorSports.com
     
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  2. GatorLurker

    GatorLurker VIP Member

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    The guy can shoot.

    That might be enough in certain situations.
     
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  3. tampajack1

    tampajack1 Premium Member

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    From what I have seen of Klatsky, he is a good but not great shooter. His strength from what I have seen is that he is a very smart and composed player. He played and started on a Ranney team that had tremendous talent, and he fit in well. He moves the ball quickly and is not afraid to shoot when he is open. He is going to be the 5th guard on this team, so his playing time likely will be limited.
     
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  4. tegator80

    tegator80 GC Hall of Fame

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    Well, if he embraces perimeter defense...
     
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  5. GatorPlanet

    GatorPlanet GC Hall of Fame

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    He's a pretty good shooter, has good size for a guard, and has put on a lot of muscle since arriving in Gainesville. Plus, it's not like he is your average walk-on. He had scholarship offers from mid-majors, so he can play the game of basketball.
     
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  7. akaGatorhoops

    akaGatorhoops VIP Member GC Columnist

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    I’d be really surprised if Klatsky got any meaningful minutes. That isn’t a knock on him. This team is very deep with very, very talented players.
    White will have enough of a challenge splitting minutes between guys like Locke and Mann. I don’t see Alex fitting into the equation much.
     
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  8. GatorPlanet

    GatorPlanet GC Hall of Fame

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    No, I don't see a lot of playing time for him this season and he might even redshirt. I'm thinking long-term. He's a 4-year guy who could be in the regular rotation down the road.
     
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  9. INGATORSWETRUST

    INGATORSWETRUST GC Hall of Fame

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    Let’s see if he can turn into a Hump type 3 point shooter by junior year. I have my doubts, but Klatsky could have gotten some lower tier scholarships to play basketball in college. Dad can certainly afford the tuition.