November 18, 2012; Tampa, FL, USA; Florida Gators guard Braxton Ogbueze (11) dribbles the ball against the Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders during the second half at the Tampa Times Forum. Florida Gators defeated the Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders 66-45. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Charlotte 49ers basketball: Florida transfer Ogbueze visiting Niners

Shooting guard Braxton Ogbueze, who announced earlier this week that he was transferring from the Florida Gators after just one season, will be taking a visit with the Charlotte 49ers this week, reports say.

The 6’1″ Ogbueze, who played locally at Vance High School and United Faith Christian Academy (where he averaged 21.9 ppg and 1.4 steals, including 54.2% shooting from behind the arc) here in Charlotte, was highly recruited. Among his offers were several BCS schools like Baylor, Kansas and Texas; Tennessee, Clemson and Wake Forest also offered. He ranked 78th overall nationally and the 14th best shooting guard among players from the class of 2012.

But Ogbueze never played a huge role on the Gators’ Elite Eight squad. In 23 games, he only averaged 4.7 minutes (107 minutes overall) and scored 19 points while adding 13 rebounds. However, at a mid-major program like Charlotte, he’d likely contribute right away, and would be a huge get for the program.

Wherever Ogbueze ends up, he would have to sit out a season. No word yet on other potential visits for him as of yet but it’s clear that he’s at least considering playing closer to home as opposed to over 450 miles away in Gainesville. We’ll keep an eye on things in case he ends up in Niner green.

–Meanwhile, Tulane transfer Ben Cherry will use his final year of eligibility at Charlotte. He’s been touted as a sharpshooting guard that shot 50% from three with the Green Wave last season. The Myers Park High grad will be available to play right away and is looking forward to coming home.

“I appreciate (Tulane’s) Coach (Ed) Conroy giving me an opportunity to play — without him I wouldn’t gotten so far,” Cherry said. “I felt like I had a good season, I had an opportunity to go home. (Charlotte) has a Master’s program I want and for me it was more of that.”

Cherry joins Bernard Sullivan as Niner transfers; Sullivan will be available in the 2014-15 season. By the way, Cherry will get a shot at his former team next year, Tulane’s final season as a member of Conference USA before heading to the American Athletic Conference, a.k.a. the “old” Big East.

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