GAINESVILLE — Eli Carter, a star guard who received his release from Rutgers after controversial coach Mike Rice was fired amidst allegations of abusing his players, announced on Tuesday he will transfer to Florida. He is the second Rutgers player to transfer in the past three years, following former guard Mike Rosario.
Carter, who is 6 feet 2, led the Scarlet Knights in scoring as a freshman (13.8 ppg) and sophomore (14.9) before suffering a season-ending broken leg in February. He narrowed his choices to Maryland and the Gators, but cancelled his visit to College Park. He visited Gainesville this past weekend.
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 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.