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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.