Martello sees positives in Gator basketball team

Published: Tuesday, November 26, 2013 at 05:30 PM.

The Gators might be inexperienced on the inside, but Martello is confident that they will be OK in the paint.

"I really like (Richard) Stroheker and (Austin) Martin underneath," Martello said. "I think Montae Barto will help us.

"I'm pleased with him. He's a big, strong guy and he's picked up things really quick."

Several football players recently joined the basketball team and Martello believes they will contribute in big ways as the season cranks up.

Stroheker, Martin and Barto are football players as are Calvin Blakenship, Jonathan Gatewood and Wilder Kersey.

Kersey is an option at both guard and forward. Blankenship is a first-time player who seems to have a good upside. Gatewood, who is a junior, gained valuable experience on the junior varsity last year and is expected to contribute.

Colton Kilpatrick started in the season opener against Rocky Bayou Christian. Kilpatrick will continue to be in the mix for a starting position.

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