Egbunu will provide a frontcourt boost

The versatility of the Florida frontcourt was supposed to be one of the team's strengths during the 2014-15 season, but the year after that didn't look as impressive. The transfer of John Egbunu changed that, setting up the Florida program for success in the next two years.

The frontcourt for this season will be as athletic as any in recent years. Sophomore Chris Walker figures to start at center with Dorian Finney-Smith going from SEC Sixth Man of the Year to possibly starting at the power forward position.

There remains doubt about whether or not Damontre Harris will be on the team for the 2014-15 season, but his frame would provide another important frontcourt body if he stays.

With Jacob Kurtz, Alex Murphy, freshman Devin Robinson and DeVon Walker all returning and listed at 6-6 or taller, the Gators will have enough bodies to piece it together in the front court.

The issues were supposed to come in 2015-16.

Walker will likely leave for the NBA after this season, and Finney-Smith could if he puts together a strong season. There are question marks around every big man on the team this fall and their chances to be on the team in 2015-16. That's what makes John Egbunu's transfer so important.

He is a legitimate center in the SEC. Other national powers like Arizona and Michigan State made a run at him, but Florida will add his 6-10, 245-pound frame. And those measurements come before a year away from playing. As he sits out this season, he'll be able to work with Florida's strength and conditioning staff to better shape his body to become the big man he's capable of being.

Last season, Egbunu blocked 43 shots at USF in 793 minutes. That number would've led the Gators last season. Patric Young led Florida with 41 blocks, but he did it in 1,025 minutes. Egbunu also had 198 rebounds last season, setting a freshman record at USF.

His offensive game needs work, but he shot 58.9 percent as a freshman. The year off will allow him to face off against other Florida big men in practice and improve his offensive game. He's already a terrific defender that can impact shots at the rim and moves well for his size.

The Gators have one other big man that will join the team during the 2015-16 season. Four-star forward Kevarrius Hayes from Suwannee High School will help in the paint during that season. He's currently listed at 6-9, 205 pounds but has the frame to bulk up before he begins his college career. Billy Donovan could add another big man in the recruiting process to improve the depth of the frontcourt for the 2015-16 season.

But the addition of Egbunu gives the Gators a known commodity. He started 31 games at USF last season and showed his ability. Taking a year off from games while improving his game in practice will only help him take another step forward.

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