UF’s Eli Carter transferring, will be eligible immediately

Published on Tuesday, 4/28/15, at 12:43 p.m. Eastern.

GAINESVILLE, FL - NOVEMBER 18:  Guard Eli Carter #1 of the Florida Gators drives up court against the Southern Jaguars November 18, 2013 at the Stephen C. O'Connell Center in Gainesville, Florida.   The Gators won 67-53. (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)

Eli Carter is transferring from UF after averaging 8.5 PPG this past season. 

The University of Florida announced Monday that rising senior guard Eli Carter will transfer to another school. He is scheduled to graduate in May, so he’ll be eligible to play right away.

Carter transferred to Florida from Rutgers in 2012. However, he sat out most of the 2013-2014 season due to lingering issues from a broken leg suffered while playing for the Scarlet Knights.

Carter was supposed to emerge as an elite scorer for the Gators this past season, but it never happened. He averaged just 8.5 points per game and battled mono and an ankle injury. Carter made just 36.2 of shots from the field and 30.5 percent from 3-point land.

“We appreciate everything that Eli has done in his two years in Gainesville,” coach Billy Donovan said in a UF release. “We all wish him well and will do whatever we can to help him take this next step in his career.”

Carter is now gone, while Michael Frazier II and Chris Walker have turned pro. The Gators have four freshman recruits coming in and they’ll welcome USF transfer John Egbunu, who sat out last season after leaving the Bulls.

Egbunu, who is 6’10” and weighs 245 pounds, averaged 7.4 points, 6.2 rebounds and 1.3 blocked shots per game while starting for USF as a true freshman in 2013-2014. UF also gets back guard DeVon Walker, who was a key reserve in 2013-2014 but missed this past season with a torn ACL.

Donovan is believed to still be a candidate for the Oklahoma City Thunder’s job, but he was out on the recruiting trail for UF this past weekend. Multiple reports have indicated that Donovan will accept the job if offered, but those reports are based on anonymous sources. There has been no new news on Donovan in the last 72 hours other than him recruiting for the Gators. We’ll see what happens…

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