Gators adding Duruji as transfer

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Louisiana Tech forward Anthony Duruji chases down the ball he just knocked loose from LSU forward Darius Days in the first half of the Nov. 16, 2018, game in Baton Rouge, La. LSU won 74-67. (AP Photo/Bill Feig)

In the aftermath of his team’s NCAA Round of 32 finish, Florida men’s basketball coach Mike White has spent the recent weeks in search of a transfer forward.

And after much speculation regarding just how White would use Florida’s open scholarships, it seems at least one arrival will spend the upcoming season developing in Gainesville rather than contributing on the floor.

Anthony Duruji, a 6-foot-7 sophomore forward out of Louisiana Tech, said on social media Monday he will transfer to Florida and sit out the 2019-2020 season.

After making the Conference-USA All-Freshman team, Duruji started every game last season for the Bulldogs, averaging 12.2 points per game, including a 22-point performance against LSU on Nov. 16. He visited Florida over the weekend, and by Monday morning Duruji had opted to continue his career under White, who coached four seasons at Louisiana Tech before arriving at UF.

Duruji will have two years of collegiate eligibility remaining after sitting out the 2019-2020 season.

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  1. Appears to be a nice pick up for White, though he is a year away from eligibility. Focus now should be on a grad transfer with the height/length to be effective in the post, and can play right away. Maybe steal Lucas Krull away the football team!!

    • You got it. White is 2 incoming freshmen away from being a dead man walking. White is 50-50 plus or minus 3 games. Not going to hang around unless being noncompetitive in the SEC and barely making the NCAA is what we are looking to be in the future. Can’t keep players and the players that stay haven’t shown they will get developed. McEloser?

      Nembard probably realizes the players that were playing this year weren’t any better than last year or the year before. Development? Nope.

      • Maybe they should fire him now. No other coach in the SEC outside of KY has ever been to the tourney in 3 of their first 4 seasons. He had a team in the elite 8 already. Wonder who will jump at the chance to come to Gville with that kind of patience?

        • We are not going forward. Backwards. The first year was supposedly bad. Second year the best. Third year worse than 2nd. 4th worse than the all but maybe the first. It’s actually a toss up whether this years team was worse than his first. They definitely were thinner at the 4 and 5 positions. Record wise they are almost the exact same even though the first team finished with more wins. Maybe you should explain how next year’s team is going to be better than this year’s team that was middle of the pack in the SEC and barely made the tourney. Do you expect next years team to win more games or be more competitive?

        • i disagreed with the firing of lon kruger, we did end up better off, although i think we were lucky. this parallels that era, but i still disagree with the fire mike white club. times are different, looks like the ncaa etc. is under pressure to clean up the sport from the auburn/lsu/south carolina etc. group, so an honest coach is a good thing to have, otherwise who knows what you are going to get. we are UF, we just dont have to do things that lesser places have to do.

          • sorry, i thought he was fired. either way i also thought he was not respected by gator fans, which may have contributed to things, but what do i know. maybe i was wrong about that, but i thought foley made sure a coach never left due to money. i guess the more i say today the worse it gets!