Braxton Ogbueze to transfer from Florida basketball program, school announces

Al Messerschmidt

With a deep backcourt in front of him, the star of Florida's 2012 recruiting class will head somewhere else.

Freshman guard Braxton Ogbueze will transfer from Florida, the school announced Wednesday on GatorZone.

"Braxton has been a hard worker with a great attitude, and we wish him nothing but the best as he moves on," Donovan said.

"I’ve appreciated the opportunity here at Florida and have learned a lot that will help me in the future," Ogbueze said.

There's probably not much to this other than playing time. Ogbueze, a jet-quick point guard, played just 107 minutes in 2012-13, with Kenny Boynton, Mike Rosario, and Scottie Wilbekin ahead of him in Florida's point guard rotation, and with Wilbekin sticking around, elite point guard Kasey Hill coming in as a freshman, and, as of yesterday, Rutgers transfer Eli Carter joining the Gators' backcourt for the 2014-15 season at least, Ogbueze's chance to break through at Florida was minimal.

Ogbueze, from North Carolina, was a top-100 player in the class of 2012, and will have plenty of suitors as a transfer. And he deserves them: He's a good player, I think, and a hard worker, but other players who worked just as hard and were/are better were in his path here, and it makes all the sense in the world for him to find a better opportunity to play.

Ogbueze's decision leaves Florida with 12 of its 13 scholarship slots filled for 2013-14, which gives the Gators a chance to take one more late-committing player in the 2013 recruiting class or pursue another transfer and/or a chance to load up in the class of 2014 to replace a four-man senior class (Wilbekin, Patric Young, Casey Prather, and Will Yeguete) with a few other possible early entrants to the 2014 NBA Draft.

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