Gotta admit, I didn’t see this one coming. In an unusual twist, Louisville recruit and Virginia Tech transfer Dorian Finney-Smith picked Florida last night over the Cards, Memphis and Iowa State. Florida was the only one of those four schools that didn’t get a visit once the player received his release last month. However, it should be noted, the Gators were a player in his initial recruitment and he took an official visit there in the fall of 2010. Finney-Smith’s mother had high remarks for both the Louisville and Memphis programs after taking visits this past week, but ultimately it wasn’t enough to sway him from Billy Donovan and the swamps of Gainesville. Louisville will now turn their attention back to the class of 2013 to look for a wing, and as we’ve reported numerous times, there’s no shortage of interest from top-flight players. Also, a note for UK fans and ever-present pessimist shit-talkers, make sure you read the scholarship quote regarding the Gators – IT DOESN’T JUST HAPPEN HERE. Now shut your mouth, take your ball and run along home.
Virginia Tech freshman forward Dorian Finney-Smith is expected to transfer to Florida, according to multiple news outlets.
ESPN.com recruiting analyst Dave Telep first reported through a source that Finney-Smith had committed to transfer to UF on Thursday night.
The 6-foot-8, 192-pound Finney-Smith was an All-ACC freshman last season, averaging 6.3 points and 7 rebounds per game. He left Virginia Tech after former coach Seth Greenberg was fired during the offseason.
Finney-Smith would be the second transfer to join Florida this offseason. South Carolina center Damontre Harris officially transferred to UF in late May. Both Harris and Finney-Smith would have to sit out the 2012-13 season per NCAA transfer rules before becoming eligible to play in the 2013-14 season.
The addition of Finney-Smith would put Florida at 14 scholarship athletes, one above its maximum allotment of 13.