Florida guard Braxton Ogbueze to transfer
One day after the annoucement that former Rutgers star guard Eli Carter will transfer to Florida, Gators freshman guard Braxton Ogbueze has been granted his release to transfer.
Ogbueze appeared in 23 games and scored 19 points, had 13 rebounds and seven assists this past season.
A native of Charlotte, N.C., Ogbueze was a concensus top-100 recruit out of United Faith Christian Academy who averaged 21.9 points and3.8 assits per game in his senior season. But with a Gators roster that included two seniors and a veteran junior guard - and the emergence of freshman guard Michael Frazier II of Tampa - Ogbueze was unable to see much playing time outside of late-game situations in Florida blowouts.
“I’ve appreciated the opportunity here at Florida and have learned a lot that will help me in the future,” Ogbueze said.
With Ogbueze's departure, the Gators have 12 scholarship players, which leaves coach Billy Donovan the option of going after another player if he so chooses. Meanwhile, with the addition of Carter, the Gators' guards will include: Carter, senior Scottie Wilbekin, Frazier who will be a sophomore, DeVon Walker (G/F) and sophomore Dillon Graham.
“Braxton has been a hard worker with a great attitude, and we wish him nothing but the best as he moves on,” Donovan said.