Make us your home page

Get the quickest, smartest news, analysis and photos from the Bucs game emailed to you shortly after the final whistle.

(View our Privacy Policy)

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.

John Egbunu leaves Bulls for Gators 05/15/14 [Last modified: Thursday, May 15, 2014 11:20pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. Rick and Tom podcast: Bucs' Gerald McCoy frustrated with disrespectful fans


    Rick Stroud and Tom Jones discuss Gerald McCoy's latest comments on disrespectful fans who attack his teammates, Donald Trump, protests by DeSean Jackson and Mike Evans, and his respect for the …

    Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive tackle Gerald McCoy (93) warms up before an NFL game between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Minnesota Vikings at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minn., on Sunday, Sept. 24, 2017.
  2. NFL owners' unity with players might be short-lived


    The image was striking — several owners of NFL teams locking arms with their players on the sidelines Sunday, and the Cowboys' Jerry Jones on Monday night, in a dramatic statement of defiance to a president who ridiculed their sport and condemned players for refusing to stand during the national anthem as a …

    Quarterback Colin Kaepernick, currently without a team, has cited racial injustice and police brutality among the reasons for not standing during the national anthem. [Associated Press]
  3. Anthem protest, the latest: Jerry Jones joins Cowboys on field in show of solidarity


    As President Donald Trump continued tweeting Monday about his displeasure with NFL players for staging demonstrations during the national anthem, the Cowboys took a knee on the field just before the anthem was performed on Monday Night Football. Dallas players were joined by owner Jerry Jones, and they quickly …

    Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, center, joins the team in taking a knee before the national anthem Monday night. They stood and linked arms for the anthem.
  4. Bucs journal: Gerald McCoy says players who kneel have team's support


    TAMPA — Receivers Mike Evans and DeSean Jackson were the only Bucs players kneeling during the national anthem before Sunday's game against the Vikings, but DT Gerald McCoy said the team supports their protest "100 percent."

    Bucs tight end Cameron Brate pulls in a touchdown catch as Vikings safety Andrew Sendejo (34) hits him in the back of the head.
  5. Rays at Yankees, 7:05 p.m. Tuesday, New York

    The Heater

    Tonight: at Yankees

    7:05, Yankee Stadium, New York

    TV/radio: Fox Sports Sun; 620-AM, 680-AM (Spanish)

    Tampa Bay Rays' Blake Snell poses for a picture during the team's photo day at baseball spring training in Port Charlotte, Fla., Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017. (AP Photo/David Goldman)