Florida Gulf Coast reeled in another high-major transfer on Tuesday when recently dismissed Miami forward Michael Gilmore committed to the Eagles, the team announced.
The highly-touted forward - who has two years of eligibility remaining - began classes on Tuesday and will take the court in December of 2017, after the conclusion of the fall semester.
"We're excited to have Michael join the program," said head coach Joe Dooley in a release. "By joining us at this time, it's going to afford him a great opportunity to learn our system and style of play. It'll give him a good head start for next season, and we're looking forward to having him on the court with us in December."
Gilmore played his first two collegiate seasons at Virginia Commonwealth. As a sophomore, the Jacksonville native averaged 3.2 points per game and put up 12 points and 8 rebounds in VCU's 2nd round NCAA Tournament loss to Oklahoma. He also shot it at a 38.2% rate from beyond the arc in his sophomore campaign.
Last summer, the 6-foot-9 stretch four decided to transfer from the Rams program. Gilmore took a visit to FGCU but eventually choose Miami over the likes of the Eagles, Jacksonville, Tulane, and Valparaiso.
Gilmore, the nephew of NBA Hall of Famer Artis Gilmore, was red-shirting this season for the Canes, due to NCAA transfer rules, but his dismissal was abruptly announced in a Miami release on Thursday.
"Junior forward Michael Gilmore will no longer be a part of the University of Miami men’s basketball program, for failure to meet team expectations."
When Gilmore finally takes the court in the Blue and Green, he should provide FGCU with a nice inside-out scoring threat. At 6-foot-9, he has the three point potency of a typical stretch four and the length of a pesky defender.