Alex Fudge, former Lee High School basketball standout, announces transfer to Florida

Clayton Freeman
Florida Times-Union
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LSU forward Alex Fudge (3) dunks the ball against Lipscomb in a December game. Fudge, who played high school basketball at Lee High School, is transferring to the University of Florida.

Former Lee High School forward Alex Fudge is on his way back to the Sunshine State.

Fudge announced late Wednesday on Twitter that he is transferring to Florida, where he will take the court at the O'Connell Center under newly-hired Gators head coach Todd Golden.

Fudge had originally named Florida among his 10 finalist schools before selecting LSU in October 2020.

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An All-First Coast honoree in Jacksonville at Lee (now Riverside), Fudge transfers to the Gators from LSU, where the entire roster entered the transfer portal in the wake of the firing of Tigers coach Will Wade.

The 6-8, 185-pound Fudge played in 29 games, starting one, during his freshman season with the Tigers, with averages of 3.3 points, 3.2 rebounds and 14 minutes per game. However, his season included three games in double figures, including a 13-point outing against eventual Elite Eight qualifier Arkansas and an 11-point performance against Wake Forest in the Emerald Coast Championship.

Lee forward Alex Fudge (3) attempts to fight through a Pensacola Pine Forest double-team during the FHSAA playoffs in 2020.

At Lee, Fudge averaged 16.0 points and 9.9 rebounds as a junior in 2019-20, then fared even better in an abbreviated senior campaign with 17.9 points and 12.2 rebounds per game. He led the Generals to the tournament championship at the Fortegra High School 9:12 Invitational before moving on at midseason to enroll early at LSU.

Fudge's impending arrival adds further strength to the Gators' frontcourt for Golden's first season. Florida received a boost earlier in the week when Colin Castleton announced his intention to return to the Gators for another season.

Clayton Freeman covers high school sports and more for the Florida Times-Union. Follow him on Twitter at @CFreemanJAX.

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