Rutgers transfer cleared to play at UF

Published: Monday, September 30, 2013 at 10:48 a.m.
Last Modified: Monday, September 30, 2013 at 10:48 a.m.

Rutgers transfer Eli Carter has received a waiver from the NCAA to play right away at Florida, the school confirmed Monday.

“We are happy to have Eli available to play right away this season,” Florida coach Billy Donovan said.

Carter, a 6-foot-3 guard, averaged 14.9 points, 2.8 rebounds and 2.1 assists last season as a sophomore before suffering a season-ending broken leg in February.

Last month, Donovan expressed concern about Carter’s recovery from the injury. Carter was not cleared for running and cutting during September workouts.

Carter should help augment a thin Florida backcourt to start the season. Returning starting point guard Scottie Wilbekin will be suspended for “a game or games” according to Donovan for the start of 2013-14 season due to an unspecified violation of team rules.

Florida has first-hand knowledge of Carter’s scoring ability. At Rutgers, Carter scored 31 points against the Gators as a freshman, leading the Scarlet Knights to an 85-83 upset over UF in December of 2011.

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