The Gators men’s basketball team is set to add another transfer to its roster.
After bringing in graduate transfer Canyon Barry — the son of NBA Hall of Famer Rick Barry — earlier this week, Florida will add guard Jalen Hudson to its roster. Hudson is transferring from Virginia Tech to Florida and picked the Gators over Texas, according to ESPN‘s Jeff Goodman.
Hudson confirmed the news through Twitter on Wednesday. “Excited to announce that I will be finishing my college career at The University of Florida,” he tweeted.
Unlike Barry, Hudson will need to sit out next season per Division I transfer rules. Hudson will have two years of eligibility after sitting out the 2016-17 season.
“I believe in what coach White is building,” Hudson told ESPN. “I think Florida gives me a great opportunity to perform at a high level, win at a high level and ultimately pursue my dreams in playing in the NBA.”
At 6-foot-5, 195 pounds, Hudson averaged 8.4 points and 2.3 rebounds per game while shooting 40.1 percent from the field and 34.6 percent from 3-point range a sophomore at Virginia Tech last season. He started 24 games for the Hokies.
As a freshman at Virginia Tech, Hudson averaged 6.9 points and two rebounds in 32 games played and three starts.
Hudson is a Richmond, Va., native and played high school basketball at St. Vincent-St. Mary High School in Akron, Ohio — the same high school NBA superstar LeBron James attended.
With the addition of Barry and Hudson, the Gators have filled all 13 of their scholarship spots for next season.