Rutgers transfer eyeing Florida

Florida head coach Billy Donovan has already experienced success with one Rutgers transfer, and there's a chance that he could have another one to work with as Rutgers guard Eli Carter recently announced he would transfer.

Eli Carter led the way for Rutgers last season. He was the leading scorer with 14.9 points per game, shooting 38.4% from the field and 32% from behind the three-point line. He also shot 86.4% from the free throw line.

His name should sound familiar to Florida fans. Carter's career high point total came when he posted 31 in an upset win over the Gators on December 29, 2011 during his freshman season.

Carter is now looking to restart his career elsewhere.

"I have officially been released from Rutgers mens basketball team and I'm exploring all options," Carter posted on his Twitter page. "My experience at Rutgers has been great but it's time for me to move on now. I appreciate you all. Thanks!"

It's an area Florida head coach Billy Donovan has experience. He took Mike Rosario as a transfer from Rutgers and turned him into a contributor on last season's Elite Eight team. Rosario left Rutgers to experience a fresh start, something that Carter is also searching to find.

Carter knows how to score

Adam Zagoria reported on his website,, that Florida is among a group of schools that has reached out to Carter. Carter's AAU coach Brian Coleman told Zagoria that the other schools that have reached out to Carter include Duke, Oregon State, Seton Hall, Cincinnati, Nebraska, Iowa State, Xavier, Missouri, Buffalo, Marquette, Creighton and N.C State.

Carter reportedly will also allow new Rutgers head coach Eddie Jordan to speak with him about staying at Rutgers.

Florida assistant coach Rashon Burno, who played at St. Anthony's where Rosario and Carter played, was the assistant that reached out to Coleman to see if Carter would be interested in the Gators.

Donovan has had success with transfers in recent years. Besides Rosario, center Vernon Macklin transferred from Georgetown and turned into a starter on an Elite Eight team. The Gators will also get two transfers eligible this year when South Carolina big man transfer Damontre Harris and Virginia Tech forward transfer Dorian Finney-Smith will both be eligible.

Carter will likely have to sit out the 2013-14 season if he elects to transfer unless he can get a waiver approved to play immediately.

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