In the aftermath of Florida’s Round of 32 finish, two players have opted to transfer from the Florida basketball program.
In the span of 30 minutes Tuesday, Gators forward Keith Stone and guard Mike Okauru announced intentions to transfer from Florida.
The 6-foot-8 Stone will depart the program next month as a graduate transfer, a source confirmed to The Gainesville Sun.
“Keith has been a part of three NCAA Tournament teams and a lot of wins,” UF coach Mike White said in a statement. “He has represented the Florida program the right way, and we wish him nothing but the best.”
As a redshirt junior, Stone started 13 games for the Gators this season before suffering a torn ACL in Florida’s 62-52 victory at Georgia in January. Stone, a former four-star prospect by ESPN, moved into the starting line-up during the 2017-18 season and subsequently averaged 8.8 points and 4.3 rebounds per game in 26 starts.
Not long after Stone announced his intentions, Okauru, a sophomore, announced his decision to transfer. The UF program later confirmed Okauru’s departure.
“Thankful for the teammates I had at Florida and the Rowdies who supported,” Okauru said on his Twitter account, “but I’ve decided to transfer and purse other options.”
The 6-foot-3 Okauru arrived in Gainesville by way of Raleigh, North Carolina, and shot 40.4 percent from the 3-point range as a freshman. But Okauru’s minutes dwindled in his sophomore campaign with the emergence of freshman point guard Andrew Nembhard, and he would finish the season shooting just 25 percent from beyond the arc.
With the departures of Okauru and Stone, the list of Gators expected to return next season stands at just seven. White’s Top-10 recruiting class (guard Tre Mann, wing Scottie Lewis and forward Omar Payne) is expected to arrive this summer. UF has three available scholarships.