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Rutgers transfer could make it easier for Gators to challenge Calipari’s Cats

By LARRY VAUGHT

Already some have speculated that Florida’s experienced team could be more than capable of challenging Kentucky’s young but talented team for the Southeastern Conference championship next season.

Now the Gators look even better with the apparent transfer or Eli Carter from Rutgers to Florida. No, he’s not made it official or even been ruled eligible, but both should happen. With the coaching fiasco at Rutgers, it’s hard to see the NCAA not granting him a waiver so he can play next season.

Carter is a 6-2 guard who averaged 14.9 points and 2.1 assists per game last year before he suffered a season-ending knee injury with about a month left in the season. But he’s a legit scorer. He had eight games with 20 or more points.

Florida returns Scottie Wilbekin, probably the SEC’s best defensive guard, and shooter Michael Frazier. The Gators add freshman Kasey Hill, who impressed me at the McDonald’s All-American Game. The Gators also have a solid frontline with experience and talent.

Just how much better this will make the Gators is hard to predict, but at worst it provides depth at both guard spots and at best it gives coach Billy Donovan another scorer to throw at teams like Kentucky.

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  1. BobbyBlue

    Gosh,I wonder how old Billy gets all these guys to transfer there…note,tongue firmly in cheek !
    I live 65 minutes ,East of Gainesville during the winter, and can easily get in to their BB games any time I want,unless Ky is coming to town…..Ky,the only game they fill to capacity, in their little Cracker Box,affectionately called the O-Dome. Believe they averaged 3,500 or less, last season for most games…on TV they carefully pan only the small lower arena area,and you don’t see all the empty seats,upstairs
    I’ve played in a Gainesville Poker game,weekly,for the past 8 winters.
    A home game,hosted by a wealthy Dr,that sees at least 20,wealthy UF boosters,pass through every winter….when Billy D caught lightning in a bottle with his first NC team..one guy out of allthe guys that passed through that game went to the final 4,when they beat OSU,but all But One went to Tuiscon at great, expense to watch the BCS championship,with OSU…The follow up year… two guys went all the way to Atlanta to watch the final 4, But Every One of them attended the BCS championship game…again at great expense.
    The pecking order for sports fans at UF,is Football,Football Recruiting,Spring Football,Baseball,Track,with Basketball, tied with Swimming.
    The Wannabes only care when Ky comes to town. So it must be the fan support that helps old Billy out…yeah right !

  2. Zo

    I feel good about our incoming team.I would be lieing if i told you UF will not be good also.Aclose second really.But if we get Wiggins then i don’t think I’m too worried about florida’s experience.They could still possibly be good enough to be a final four contender tho.LOLOVE BBN!CATS 4 LIFE!

  3. UKsCat

    UK can only put 5 HS All Americans on the floor at one time – - UF will be able to match that. They will be a very, very difficult “out”.

  4. Jim Boyers

    There are going to be more than a few teams that will be able to hang with UK. A lot of top teams are returning a lot of talent and experience and also adding McD’s finest. There may be more than a few “bumps” in the road.

    I am confident that UK will eventually round into an amazing team, but some of the things people are saying are just insane. These are still going to be a lot of freshman with a lot of growing pains. If they are like the MKG/Davis team, then all will be well, but if they are typical freshmen, it is going to take a while. I just wish their brutal non-conference schedule was being played in the second half of the season, when they have gelled.

  5. Jeff Dowdy

    I agree with Jim as every Cal team will have growing pains early. What remains to be seen is how much this young team comes together. From the reports I have read, all of the guys are very competitive, with their main goal of winning a national championship. I have already gotten a better vibe from them around each other than I did our team last year.

    Florida will be competitive from the start as they always return players and have a great bench, usually with good shooters. I don’t see them challenging us for the SEC Championship IF we have what I have read. We haven’t had the luxury of a bench, really since Cal has gotten here. Hope he presses and keeps the fast breaks going. Great work Larry, keep it up….GO BIG BLUE!!!

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