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Virginia Tech's Finney-Smith expected to transfer to Florida


The 6-foot-8, 192-pound Finney-Smith (15) was an All-ACC freshman last season, averaging 6.3 points and 7 rebounds per game. He left Virginia Tech after former coach Seth Greenberg was fired during the offseason. (The Associated Press)

Published: Thursday, June 14, 2012 at 10:27 p.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, June 14, 2012 at 10:27 p.m.

Virginia Tech freshman forward Dorian Finney-Smith is expected to transfer to Florida, according to multiple news outlets.

ESPN.com recruiting analyst Dave Telep first reported through a source that Finney-Smith had committed to transfer to UF on Thursday night.

The 6-foot-8, 192-pound Finney-Smith was an All-ACC freshman last season, averaging 6.3 points and 7 rebounds per game. He left Virginia Tech after former coach Seth Greenberg was fired during the offseason.

Finney-Smith would be the second transfer to join Florida this offseason. South Carolina center Damontre Harris officially transferred to UF in late May. Both Harris and Finney-Smith would have to sit out the 2012-13 season per NCAA transfer rules before becoming eligible to play in the 2013-14 season.

The addition of Finney-Smith would put Florida at 14 scholarship athletes, one above its maximum allotment of 13.

A Portsmouth, Va., native, Finney-Smith is close friends with former Florida center Vernon Macklin. But Macklin said he had not heard news of Finney-Smith transferring to Florida on Thursday night. Finney-Smith had recently visited Memphis and Iowa State. Texas and Old Dominion also were on Finney-Smith's radar.

Florida officials could not confirm Finney-Smith's transfer as of Thursday night.

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