The much anticipated transfer of forward Jon Horford to Florida is a done deal.
The 6-foot-10, 250-pound Horford agreed to transfer to the Gators on Saturday morning. Pending final paperwork, Florida will likely announce the transfer early next week.
“I just wanted to go somewhere where I could trust the coaching staff and where the coaching staff, I felt, had faith in me as a player,” Horford said. “I talked to a lot of schools, but Florida just felt like the right fit.”
Horford is the younger brother of former Gator standout power forward Al Horford, who helped lead Florida to back-to-back national titles before being taken third overall by the Atlanta Hawks in the 2007 NBA draft.
“I don’t think about it as following his legacy,” Horford said. “Obviously it’s not something that can be ignored because what him and the group of guys that he played with did at Florida, was exceptional.
“It’s just a situation where I’m going into a really good team with really good coaches and hope bring to the table what I bring to the table. Do my best to be a leader, just work hard and expect the best to happen.”
Because he’s transferring into UF as a graduate student, Horford will be able to play immediately for the Gators as a fifth-year senior. Horford averaged 4.3 points and 4.6 rebounds for Michigan last season.
With Horford coming to UF, Florida added another frontcourt piece to match Kentucky’s stocked frontline. The Gators return 6-foot-10 center Damontre Harris, 6-10 forward Chris Walker, 6-8 forward Dorian Finney-Smith. In addition, Florida brings in 6-8 transfer forward Alex Murphy and freshman 6-8 forward Devin Robinson.
When Horford signs his letter of intent, Florida will have filled all 13 of scholarship spots next season. The list includes Harris, Chris Walker, Finney-Smith, Murphy, Horford, DeVon Walker, Eli Carter, Dillon Graham, Kasey Hill, Michael Frazier II, Devin Robinson, Brandone Francis and Chris Chiozza.
Of the 13 scholarship players on the roster, five are transfers — Harris (South Carolina), Finney-Smith (Virginia Tech), Carter (Rutgers), Murphy (Duke) and Horford (Michigan).