16 minutes played, 3 points, 3 rebounds. Nothing really stands out in those numbers. However, for the Florida Gators game against the Tennessee Volunteers, those stats belonged to the player of the game.
Schuyler Rimmer originally committed to the Florida Gators in the 2013 recruiting class. However, Rimmer got the opportunity to attend Stanford and jumped at the offer.
Rimmer, from Boone High School in Orlando, would eventually transfer to Florida during the 2014 school year as a walk on as the Gators were over their scholarship limit.
In 2015-16 Rimmer made 25 appearances for the Gators averaging 1.4 points and 1.5 rebounds. Rimmer rarely saw meaningful action for any extended amount of time.
However, on Saturday night Florida head coach Mike White needed Rimmer. Both John Egbunu and Kevarrius Hayes were in serious foul trouble in a tight game against SEC foe Tennessee, and Florida needed quality minutes from the 6-10 255lb senior.
Rimmer more than held his own as he played defense with an intensity that hadn’t been present prior to his entrance in the game. He also stayed out of the foul trouble that his teammates were forced into.
His final stat line was nothing impressive, but his defensive intensity will benefit these Gators as the season goes on. If Rimmer is able to give Florida’s bigs a break for any amount of time, the team will be better off.
Rimmer gained a lot of new fans on Saturday with his heart, and determination. He proved he can be counted on when called upon against a major rival.
For at least one night, Schuyler Rimmer stole the show.
All it took was 16 minutes, 3 points, and 3 rebounds.