Rutgers star guard Eli Carter to transfer to Florida
Florida coach Billy Donovan has landed another star transfer from Rutgers University.
Eli Carter, a star guard for the Scarlet Knights, announced via Twitter this afternoon that he plans to transfer to Florida. Former Gators guard Mike Rosario also joined the Florida team three years ago after transferring from Rutgers.
"Proud to announce that I will be continuing my career at the University of Florida!!, Carter said via Twitter.
Carter had narrowed his choices to Maryland and the Gators, but cancelled his visit to College Park. He visited Gainesville this past weekend.
Carter is a 6-foot-2 guard who received his release from Rutgers after controversial head coach Mike Rice was fired amidst allegations of abusing his players.
Carter led the Scarlet Knights in scoring as a freshman (13.8 points per game) and a sophomore (14.9) before he suffered a season-ending broken leg in February. He has two years of eligibility remaining, and could be eligible to play immediately. He is expected to seek a waiver from the NCAA due to the unusual nature of his need to transfer.
The Gators lost two starting guards - Rosario and Kenny Boynton - to graduation, but return Scottie Wilbekin and Michael Frazier who both played this past season. Wilbekin, a senior, has played all three seasons with the Gators, while Frazier was the only member of the freshman class to see significant playing this this past season.
The Gators have firsthand knowledge of what Carter can do on the court. As a freshman, he scored 31 points and had seven rebounds and seven assists in a double-overtime win over then-No. 10 Florida.