by Bill DiFilippo / @bflip33

Replacing guards Mike Rosario and Kenny Boynton just got a little easier for Billy Donovan, as the NCAA has ruled Rutgers transfer Eli Carter eligible for the 2013-14 season.

Carter is a rising junior who spent the first two years of his college career as a guard in New Brunswick, New Jersey, leading the team in scoring in each of his first two years. The former two-star recruit scored 14.9 points, pulled down 2.8 rebounds and dished out 2.1 assists per contest last year for the 15-16 Scarlet Knights.


Carter left Rutgers after the school fired coach Mike Rice, who was caught on videotape shoving, grabbing and throwing balls at players and using gay slurs during practice.

Gators coach Billy Donovan says ”we are happy to have Eli available to play right away this season.”

Carter will be joined by rising junior Scottie Wilbekin in the backcourt for the Gators once Wilbekin rejoins the team after violating team rules during the offseason. Florida will look to build on last year’s squad, which won the SEC regular season title and made it to the Elite Eight.