Gators land sharp-shooting grad transfer, Koulechov

Published: Tuesday, April 18, 2017 at 9:55 p.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, April 18, 2017 at 9:55 p.m.

Florida has landed an experienced swingman to add to its 2017-18 basketball roster.

Rice graduate transfer Egor Koulechov committed to the Gators on Tuesday night, adding a sharp-shooting wing player to help replace the loss of departed small forward Devin Robinson.

The 6-foot-5 Koulechov averaged 18.2 points, 8.9 rebounds and 2.1 assists per game last season, helping lead Rice to a 23-12 record and a fifth-place finish in Conference USA. A Volgograd, Russia native who began his career at Arizona State, Koulechov shot 47.4 percent from 3-point range for Rice last season and has made 172 career 3-pointers.

Pending the completion of paperwork, Koulechov will become the 13th UF player to fill 13 scholarship spots. However, another scholarship could come open if Florida center John Egbunu elects to keep his name in the NBA draft. Egbunu has until May 24 to decide. Robinson announced last Friday that he was staying in the NBA draft and hired an agent Tuesday.

Florida added a successful grad transfer last season in forward Canyon Barry, who earned SEC sixth man of the year honors and helped spark UF's Elite Eight run by finishing second on the team in scoring at 11.4 points per game. The Gators are hopeful that Koulechov can have a similar impact next season.

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