UF guard Hester to transfer


Florida freshman guard Eric Hester has decided to transfer. [Brad McClenny/The Gainesville Sun]

Published: Wednesday, April 12, 2017 at 12:11 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, April 12, 2017 at 12:11 p.m.

Florida freshman guard Eric Hester has decided to transfer, according to multiple sources.

The 6-foot-3 Hester averaged 2.2 points and 0.5 rebounds in limited playing time for the Gators last season behind guards Kasey Hill, Chris Chiozza and KeVaughn Allen. Hester appeared in 20 games but showed promise as an on-ball defender and 3-point shooter (11-19, 57.3 percent from beyond the arc) in his brief appearances on the court.

Hester's decision to leave opens a scholarship for incoming freshman point guard Michael Okauru, who signed his letter of intent today. Okauru joins forward Chase Johnson, center Isaiah Stokes and swingman DeAundrae Ballard as the fourth member of UF's 2017 class.

With the addition of Okauru, Florida currently has 13 players holding 13 scholarship spots. But that number could dwindle by two if both forward Devin Robinson and center John Egbunu decide to keep their names in the NBA draft. Both have until May 24 to decide whether to return to school.

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