South Florida Bulls center John Egbunu (5) shoots over UCF Knights forward Tristan Spurlock (1) and forward Staphon Blair (52) as he gets foueld and shoots and one during the first half at USF Sun Dome. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

South Florida center John Egbunu is transferring to Florida

After an incredibly strong start to his career with the South Florida Bulls, center John Egbunu is reportedly headed to Gainesville to become a member of the Florida Gators.

Egbunu played only one season at USF before deciding to transfer, but that did not stop the former top-100 recruit from garnering significant interest from some of the nation’s top programs. After averaging 7.4 points, 6.2 rebounds and (most importantly) 1.3 blocks per game as a freshman, Egbunu received reported interest from Michigan State, Arizona and Georgetown, and he was one of the biggest names available.

Per NCAA transfer rules, the 6-foot-10 big man will be forced to sit out a season before being eligible in 2015-2016, but he’ll have three years of eligible remaining when he is cleared. Fittingly, Florida picked up former Michigan big man Jon Horford as a “senior transfer” for this season, so Egbunu should adequately fill his shoes from the moment he is allowed to do so.

Billy Donovan and the Florida Gators continue to load up on top-flight recruits, and if they continue to be effective in the transfer game, the sky is the limit in Gainesville.

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