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John Egbunu leaves Bulls for Gators

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

The 6-foot-10 center, a member of the American Athletic Conference All-Rookie team last season, has transferred to Florida. Egbunu chose the Gators over Michigan State, Virginia Tech, Georgetown and Arizona, according to

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.

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.

Egbunu 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 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.

Tampa wins: With an eighth-inning go-ahead single to left from Nick Tindall, scoring Tyler Ding, the Spartans outlasted Stillman 3-2 on the first day of the Division II South Region baseball tournament in Tampa. Ding and Tindall went 3-for-4 with an RBI. Tindall had a pair of doubles. Stephen Dezzi had a pair of hits, including a solo homer. Chase Sparkman limited Stillman to a pair of runs through six innings. Senior closer Kevin McNorton (7-0) earned the win, pitching the final three innings, giving up two hits and striking out two. Stillman's Tyler Vails (7-2) pitched eight innings, allowing three runs over 10 hits. Tampa plays Delta State, which lost to Florida Southern 8-4 Thursday, at 3 p.m. today at the UT Baseball Field. Tickets are available at the gate for $10 (adults) and $8 (students and senior citizens).

tennis: The Florida women won 4-0 at Vanderbilt, advancing to the round of eight in the NCAA Championships. Brianna Morgan clinched the match with a 6-4, 4-6, 6-1 victory in No. 1 singles. The Gators improved to 23-5.

football: The Pac-12 is moving its conference title game to the 49ers' new stadium in Santa Clara for the next three years, commissioner Larry Scott, 49ers owner Jed York and team president Paraag Marathe announced Thursday. The first three conference championships had been held at the home of the division champ with the best conference record — Oregon in 2011, Stanford in 2012 and Arizona State last year. … East Tennessee State hired Mike O'Cain, who coached North Carolina State from 1993-99, as offensive coordinator.

Information from Times wires was used in this report.

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