The Florida Gators‘ loss looks as if it will be the Charlotte 49ers’ gain. Florida freshman Braxton Ogbueze will transfer to his hometown team and will be eligible to play in 2014-15, due to NCAA transfer rules.
For Alan Major, this is a huge get. The Niners receive a player that was ranked in the top 100 coming out of the class of 2012 (the 14th ranked shooting guard in the country according to Rivals.com) and can shoot the lights out (60.8% from the field, 54.2% from three during his final year at United Faith Christian Academy in 2011-12). However, with the Gators, he barely saw time; that should change with Charlotte, where he should be given plenty of opportunity to prove himself–and do so in his backyard.
The bad news is–as mentioned–Ogbueze won’t be able to play until 2014-15, when another transfer and former top 100 high school recruit, sophomore Bernard Sullivan from Clemson (2011), will also be eligible. Fans will be expecting the group Major has right now, which includes Willie Clayton, Mike Throne, Terrance Williams, Pierria Henry, transfer Ben Cherry and incoming freshman Cameron Blakely to win and win often this coming year. Otherwise, the outcry for his ouster will grow even louder.