Rehabbing Egbunu to return to UF


Florida center John Egbunu has opted to return to the Gators for his final season of eligibility.

The Associated Press
Published: Friday, May 19, 2017 at 4:17 p.m.
Last Modified: Friday, May 19, 2017 at 4:17 p.m.

Florida is getting back its big man for the 2017-18 season.

Florida center John Egbunu announced Friday he's pulling his name back from NBA draft consideration and will return for his senior season.

The 6-foot-11, 255-pound Egbunu averaged 7.8 points, 6.6 rebounds and 1.5 blocked shots for the Gators last season before having his year cut short after suffering a torn ACL on Feb. 14 against Auburn.

"I'm a Florida Gator in my heart, so I wanted another chance to come back and be a Gator," Egbunu said. "I've graduated from here, and I love playing here, being a part of the culture and being with my teammates — it's a fun team to be around. It's also a chance for me to continue to improve and grow as a player and help the team however I can.

“And I can't forget to mention how great it is to play in front of the Rowdies and all of our Gator fans."

Egbunu underwent surgery in early March and is targeting a mid-January return.

With Egbunu, junior Kevarrius Hayes and sophomore Gorjok Gak, Florida will have added depth at the center position next season.

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