Monday, September 30th, 2013 at 1:18 pm  |  6 responses

Rutgers Transfer Eli Carter Ruled Immediately Eligible at Florida

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.

From Yahoo.com:

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.

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  • Dfrance

    Shouldn’t have to sit out in the first place.

  • C.M.G

    It actually benefits the athletes when they sit out a year. because it equals a extra year of free schooling for the them. by the time most transfers are done playing at the college they damn near have a masters degree……all on scholarship…..so it works out in the big picture of life for the athlete…..but your right…that is a dumb rule

  • Dfrance

    If you want to search for a benefit I guess that is one. But most times, these guys are transferring because they want a better playing opportunity. Coaches can up an leave one school for another and not have to sit out. Once a transfer is granted and the player is eligible academically, they should be able to suit up.

  • no one

    thats a whole year of your life you dont get back and if you going to play ball for a living anyway you actually losing money.

  • Dash Jones

    I’m trying to walk on man. They always getting transfers though lol.

  • Mars

    Kasey Hill trumps both of these guys.