A Bull/Gator: Egbunu transferring to Florida

After checking out schools in nearly every corner of the country, former 6-foot-10 USF center John Egbunu reportedly has opted to remain in-state.

Egbunu, a member of the American Athletic Conference All-Rookie team last season, has transferred to Florida. CBSSports.com, citing unnamed sources, reported Egbunu had chosen the Gators over Michigan State, Virginia Tech, Georgetown and Arizona.

The cornerstone of Stan Heath's heralded 2012-13 signing class, Egbunu visited UF a couple of weeks ago. He must sit out the 2014-15 season and will have two years' eligibility remaining thereafter.

He becomes the second USF player from last season's team to land at another power-conference program. Point guard Josh Heath, Stan Heath's son, transferred to Georgia Tech.

Endowed with freakish physical upside, Egbunu was a starter at USF from Day One. He averaged 7.4 points and 6.2 rebounds last season, and registered a Bulls freshman-record 43 blocks.

“John has so much upside it’s scary,” Stan Heath said upon announcing the signing of Egbunu. “He’s a force right now as a shot blocker, an interior guy who can attack the rim, runs the floor like a deer and block shots."

Egbunu joins what is shaping up as a sparkling '15 class for UF coach Billy Donovan. The Gators already have commitments from a pair of four-star recruits, North Little Rock (Ark.) shooting guard Kevaughn Allen and 6-8 Live Oak power forward Kevarrius Hayes.

[Last modified: Thursday, May 15, 2014 12:21pm]

    

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