Florida Basketball: John Egbunu Not Expected To Return Next Season


Nothing has been decided yet, but Florida basketball standout John Egbunu has indicated that he intends to “test the waters” of the NBA draft.

He is not expected to return, but might find the market for his services lacking as he attempts to return from a knee injury.

Egbunu sustained his season ending injury on February 14th and is unsure if or when he’d be able to contribute during his redshirt senior season. When he was on the floor, Egbunu was a forceful interior defender who contributed 7.8 points per game on the offensive end of the court.

The dilemma he finds himself in, though, is that he will be unable to get feedback from NBA representatives because he is unable to get on the floor and show them what he is capable of doing.

Without being able to show scouts what he can do with his 6-foot-11 frame, teams will be wary to spend a precious draft pick on him.

Coach Mike White is sympathetic to Egbunu’s predicament, according to an SEC Country report. The coach says they Gators will welcome Egbunu back for another season if that is what he decides, but that number of options ahead of him will take some consideration before a decision can be responsibly reached.

He’d be lucky to get a team to take a flyer on him as an undrafted free agent. He has a long rehabilitation ahead of him, on top of adjusting to the speed and ability of NBA players.

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