May 15, 2014, 11:12 AM EDT
Egbunu was one of the most highly-sought after big men on this year’s transfer market after averaging 7.4 points, 6.2 boards and 1.3 blocks this past season. The 6-foot-10 center picked the Gators over Michigan State, Virginia Tech and Georgetown. Arizona also showed interest, but opted to take Boston College transfer Ryan Anderson instead.
He’ll have to sit out the 2014-2015 season, but he will have three years of eligibility remaining beginning in 2015-2016. The hope is that he can spend a year redshirting and developing in Florida’s program and become a major contributor for the Gators.
Egbunu is one of five Bulls that transferred out of the South Florida program during their change in leadership. Stan Heath was let go and former Kentucky assistant coach Orlando Antigua was brought in. Egbunu, who is a native of Nigeria, reportedly had his eligibility reviewed during the season.
Egbunu was the No. 83 recruit in the Class of 2013 coming out of high school. He’s the latest in a long line of big men — Dorian Finney-Smith, Damontre Jefferson, Alex Murphy — that have recently transferred into Florida.
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