Rutgers transfer Eli Carter announced Tuesday via his Twitter account, @eli_carter5, he is transferring to Florida following an official visit during the past two days.
The 6-foot-2 shooting guard averaged 14.9 points last season before he broke his right fibula Feb. 16. In 2011 as a freshman, he lit up Florida for 31 points during a double-overtime win by the Scarlet Knights.
Rutgers granted Carter his release after the school fired coach Mike Rice for his aggressive treatment of players, including cursing and hurling balls at athletes during practice. Carter is seeking a waiver that would allow him to play for UF next season rather than sitting out one season under NCAA transfer rules.
Carter is the second key Rutgers transfer for Florida coach Billy Donovan.
Mike Rosario, the Gators' leading scorer (12.5 points per game) as a senior last season, left Rutgers in 2010 and signed with Florida. The Gators entered the offseason looking to replace the offensive punch of Rosario, Erik Murphy (12.2 ppg) and Kenny Boynton (12 ppg).
Carter is a good start.
He chose Florida over Maryland, but he had a long list of suitors, including Duke.
Last week, Donovan visited Carter’s home. Now Carter is claiming Florida's 13th and final scholarship.
If he receives a waiver, Carter would be the fifth new player expected to be part of Florida's 2013-14 roster.
The Gators are poised to add two transfers who are eligible for the 2013-14 season — 6-foot-8 Dorian Finney-Smith (Virginia Tech) and 6-foot-10 Damonte Harris (South Carolina) — and two incoming freshmen — 6-foot-10 Chris Walker of Bonifay and 6-foot-2 Kasey Hill of Montverde Academy.
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