What Does Florida Gators' Eli Carter Being Cleared To Play Mean For Team?

By Trevor Lowry
Eli Carter
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The Florida Gators got some great news this week when they found out that Rutgers transfer Eli Carter is cleared to play in the 2013-14 college basketball season, according to USA Today. With that said, what does this mean for the Gators?

It means that Florida will have a very talented player joining its team. It also means that the Gators will have one of the best backcourts in the nation.

Carter averaged 14.9 points per game last season, which actually led his former team.

Florida will already be set in the backcourt thanks to Scottie Wilbekin and Michael Frazier returning, but Carter will still likely see the court and he has the talent to make a big impact for this team. It is important to note that the Gators will also be getting a very talented point guard in the upcoming season.

Incoming freshman Kasey Hill is a five-star recruit and is ranked No. 10 in the class of 2013, according to ESPN.

With so many talented guards on this team, players could be fighting for minutes. That is never a bad problem to have, though.

I am sure the Gators are hoping that Carter will workout just as well as Mike Rosario did. Rosario was once a Scarlet Knight before playing two seasons with Florida. He averaged 6.6 points per game in his first season and 12.5 points per game last season. When it was all said and done, Rosario was actually the leading scorer on the team.

Billy Donovan’s team should enter the season by being ranked in the top 10 and it will be that much better with the addition of Carter. Florida has made the Elite Eight three seasons in a row and the Gators could easily do that in the 2013-14 season.

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