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Former USF C Egbunu transfers to Florida

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South Florida center John Egbunu (5) grabs a rebound in front of Rutgers forward Kadeem Jack (11) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game at the American Athletic Conference men's tournament Wednesday, March 12, 2014, in Memphis, Tenn. (A

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) Former South Florida center John Egbunu has transferred to Florida, filling a scholarship left open with the departure of forward Damontre Harris.

The Gators announced Egbunu's summer enrollment Thursday, saying the 6-foot-10 center will begin attending classes June 30. He will have to sit out the 2014-15 season, after which he will have three years of eligibility remaining.

Egbunu averaged 7.4 points and 6.2 rebounds as a freshman at USF, earning a spot on the American Athletic Conference's all-rookie team.

Egbunu is the second transfer to transfer to Florida in recent months, joining former Michigan forward Jon Horford. Florida has four other transfers on its roster: former Duke forward Alex Murphy, former Virginia Tech forward Dorian Finney-Smith, former Rutgers guard Eli Carter and coach Billy Donovan's son, former Catholic University guard Billy Donovan.

The Gators had Harris on the roster, but the coach said Thursday that he has moved on again. Harris transferred to Florida from South Carolina in 2012 and sat out the 2012-13 season. He was supposed to be eligible last fall, but was suspended indefinitely before the season. He was reinstated in December, but Donovan said there had been no change in Harris' level of responsibility in recent months.

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