Carter to transfer from Florida

The Gators will be losing a transfer that is immediately eligible.

Florida guard Eli Carter will transfer and is eligible to play immediately during his final year.

“I’m thankful for the opportunities I’ve had here at Florida,” Carter said. “I’ll always appreciate the coaches, teammates and fans that made my time here memorable.”

Florida coach Billy Donovan added, “We appreciate everything that Eli has done in his two years in Gainesville. We all wish him well and will do whatever we can to help him take this next step in his career.”

In two seasons at Florida, Carter played in 35 games and averaged 7.1 points per game. The guard transferred to Florida from Rutgers after two seasons.

His high at Florida came at Texas A&M last season when he scored 22 points, but his career high came when he scored 31 points against Florida to help Rutgers to a win.

Carter scored 799 points in his two seasons at Rutgers, averaging 13.8 points as a freshman and 14.9 points as a sophomore. He broke his leg late in his sophomore season before electing to transfer to Florida. Carter was ruled immediately eligible when he arrived in Gainesville, but he played in just seven games before electing to sit out and take a medical redshirt and allow his leg to fully heal.

Carter started 17 games and played in 28 last season, averaging 8.8 points per game but was still limited at times during the year.

Florida now has one available scholarship going into next season.

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