Rutgers guard Eli Carter, who transferred to Florida this offseason, was cleared by the NCAA to play immediately for the Gators. It was initially reported by Jeff Borzello and later confirmed by Florida.
Carter averaged 14.9 ppg and 2.8 rpg his sophomore year with the Scarlet Knights before fracturing his right fibula. He then choose to transfer to the Gators after the atrocities of coach Mike Rice became public.
This is huge for the Gators who saw Kenny Boynton and Mike Rosario go. Also, Scottie Wilbekin is still suspended indefinitely so Carter, if healthy, has the chance to make an immediate impact for Billy Donovan’s squad.
“We are happy to have Eli available to play this season,” Donovan said in a release.
The former Scarlet Knight guard injured his fibula on February 16th against DePaul, and Florida’s first (regular season) game is against UNF on Nov. 8th.
According to the Gainesville Sun, Carter was not cleared for runs and cuts in September workouts.
Regardless of when he returns, the Paterson, NJ product will provide the Gators with more back court depth, along with Kasey Hill.
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