Rutgers transfer Eli Carter cleared to play immediately for Gators

Photo: Matt Cashore-USA TODAY Sports

Photo: Matt Cashore-USA TODAY Sports

Eli Carter has been granted an NCAA waiver that makes him immediately eligible to play for the Florida Gators after transferring from Rutgers, according to GatorZone.com.

“We are happy to have Eli available to play this season,” head coach Billy Donovan said.

Carter is one of four former Scarlet Knights players who appealed to the NCAA for immediate transfer eligibility in the wake of the Mike Rice abuse scandal. All four were granted their request, and Carter’s arrival in Gainesville could not have come a moment too soon.

After suffering a fractured right fibula against DePaul on Feb. 16, the junior guard is looking forward to playing for the orange and blue at full strength. He, along with Scottie Wilbekin, Michael Frazier and McDonald’s All-American Kasey Hill, is expected to help replace Florida’s departed starting backcourt of Kenny Boynton and Mike Rosario. Carter’s waiver is made even more important due to the fact that Wilbekin is currently suspended.

Over two seasons at Rutgers, Carter averaged 14.3 points, scoring at least 20 points eight times as a sophomore and burying 94 career 3-pointers. He played 56 games, including 46 starts, but Florida fans should have one particular showing burned into their memories.

On Dec. 29, 2011, Carter went off for 31 points, seven rebounds and seven assists against the Gators. They say that if you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em and Carter is now set to make a huge splash in The Swamp in 2013-14.

[H/T: The Dagger]