Harry Fodder: Pain and Gain in Gators Weight Room
GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Inside the Florida basketball weight room Thursday, strength and conditioning coordinator Preston Greene had his freshmen group getting after it.
“Not much energy in here today,” Greene barked, as UF’s three rookies quietly went about their business.
There may have been a lack of energy on thist particular day, but there has been no lack pof results in the run-up to their first season as Gators.
Yes, back by popular demand, it’s that time of year for “Befores & Afters.”
The freshmen trio of Andrew Nembhard, Noah Locke and Keyontae Johnson arrived for the Summer “B” term in July and immediately were introduced to collegiate conditioning. The manner in which they dove into the dog days of “strong man” summer workouts is one of the reasons the three figure so prominently in the 2018-19 season, which opens in just over three weeks.
Nembhard, the 6-foot-5 Canadian point guard by way of Montverde (Fla.) Academy, was 181 pounds when he checked in, but has since put on 14 pounds of muscle to push himself to 195. Nembhard needed it, also, considering all the bodies the Southeastern Conference will send at a first-year playmaker, especially one who likes to get into