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Reports: Canyon Barry to the Gators

College of Charleston guard Canyon Barry will transfer to the University of Florida for his graduate study according to several reports. The senior grad transfer will be immediately able to play and fill a nice shooting and free throw shooting void for the Gators.

Canyon Barry only played in 3 games as a junior after injuring his shoulder against William and Mary, but he was an integral part of what the College of Charleston was trying to do in 2-15-2016.

In his 13 games, Barry averaged 19.7 points in his 31.9 minutes per game on the court. He shot 40.2% from the field including 33.3% from the three-point line. Like his father, NBA legend Rick Barry who attended college at Miami, the younger Barry is an excellent free throw shooter, hitting 84.5% from the free throw line as a junior. He also averaged 1.3 assists, 1.3 steals, and half a block per game for Cougars.

The free throw percentage is particularly exciting as the Gators found it difficult from the charity stripe for most of the team in 2015-16.  That Barry can come in and play right away will help with the loss depth wise from guard Devon Walker and Brandone Francis-Ramirez, who both opted to transfer after the season.

PLAYER HIGHLIGHTS

At 6-foot-6, 210 pounds Barry has the size to also play the small forward spot as well. His versatility is only a plus on a team that is still feeling the transition of a new coaching staff.

Barry will join three freshmen, guard Eric Hester, forward Dontay Bassett, and center Gorjok Gak, as new members of the squad that all should be eligible to compete for the 2016-2017 season. 


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