Some big news for Florida Gators fan today. As per Matt Sugam and Adam Zagoria, Eli Carter has received a waiver from the NCAA to play immediately after transferring over from Rutgers. That makes Carter the fourth player to receive a waiver from the NCAA due to the Mike Rice saga at Rutgers.
The 6″2 guard will provide so much needed help in the back court. Last year, Florida had veterans Kenny Boynton and Mike Rosario but both are now gone. Five star recruit Kasey Hill is expected to have an immediate impact for the Gators but he will need some veteran help to adjust to the NCAA. Carter is just the type of guy who can help with that. Not to mention that another highly heralded recruit, forward Chris Walker, is unable to play until the winter semester due to academic issues. Getting Carter who will be able to add in instant offense for the Gators will be huge.
Last season, he was having a terrific year, averaging 14.9 points, 2.8 rebounds and 2.1 assists. In February, Carter fractured his tibia playing against DePaul and has been out since. The rumor mill is saying that while Carter has not yet been cleared medically, he will be ready by the start of the season. Beginning with this season, Carter will have two seasons left of eligibility.
This news is big both for the Gators brass and the entire SEC. Florida has a really solid lineup and could be the biggest threat for the Kentucky Wildcats‘ quest for a conference title. Carter is a proven player who won’t have to deal with any sort of adjustment to NCAA basketball. Combined with Patric Young and Kasey Hill, they will form a very strong nucleus. Once Walker joins them in the second semester, they could have a core that could give the young Wildcats a very hard time.