GAINESVILLE, FL - JANUARY 19: I.J. Ready #15 of the Mississippi State Bulldogs is defnede by John Egbunu #15 and Dorian Finney-Smith #10 of the Florida Gators during the game at the Stephen C. O'Connell Center on January 19, 2016 in Gainesville, Florida. (Photo by Rob Foldy/Getty Images)

Florida basketball gets one of its most important weapons back ahead of the season


John Egbunu transferred to Florida from USF in the summer of 2014 and sat out his required year per NCAA transfer rules. He burst onto the SEC basketball scene averaging 12.1 points and 6.2 rebounds per game during conference play. His year was cut short though right before the SEC Tournament with a torn thumb ligament.

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Egbunu was available for the SEC Tournament, but he did not play much and required surgery on the ligament. He seems to be healing just fine and the Gators got some good news in regards to his health.

Florida should be much better in the SEC with its incredible guard depth and addition of graduate transfer Canyon Barry who will give the Gators some much needed shooting. Florida also has a strong stable of bigs now who have played under coach Mike White for a season and have become more familiar with his system.