Florida Basketball: Michigan Transfer Jon Horford to Play for Gators

Michigan Transfer Jon Horford to Play for Florida

4/27/14 in NCAABB   |   BlakeLovell   |   86 respect

Mar 1, 2014; Ann Arbor, MI, USA; Michigan Wolverines forward Jon Horford (15) boxes out Minnesota Golden Gophers forward Charles Buggs (23) at Crisler Arena. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY SportsThe Florida Gators came up just short of a national championship this past season, losing to eventual champion Connecticut in the Final Four in Arlington.

And with Billy Donovan's team losing two big time players inside in Patric Young and Will Yeguete, it could be tough to make a return appearance to the Final Four next season.

But it appears that Florida will bring in a player that could replace Yeguete's production, as ESPN's Jeff Goodman is reporting that Michigan forward Jon Horford will transfer to Gainesville to play for the Gators.

Horford only averaged around four points and four rebounds in less than 15 minutes per game this past season, so he's not going to be the next Young or anything like that.

Although he didn't put up huge numbers though, he has the potential to make a bigger impact in Donovan's system next season.

With five-star recruit Devin Robinson on the way in, Duke transfer Alex Murphy eligible to play in December, and with the returning Chris Walker set to take a step forward, the Gators have a lot of potential in the front court.

The addition of Horford is certainly an added bonus, though.

Of course, it's not the first time a Horford has decided to play college basketball for the Gators, with Jon's big brother Al Horford being a key piece of the puzzle for Donovan's back-to-back national championship teams in 2006 and 2007.

But Florida fans shouldn't expect little brother to match the production of big brother, because that simply isn't going to happen.

However, for a Florida team that is losing two major contributors in the paint, depth is needed.

And even if Horford doesn't start on a regular basis (my guess is that he will eventually), he's still going to need to play a role and help man the paint for this team.

He may not be his brother, but Donovan will put him in a position to succeed in Gainesville.

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