Basketball

MBB: What is UF getting in Anthony Duruji?

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Former Louisiana Tech forward Anthony Duruji committed to Mike White’s Florida Gators on Monday. The 6’7, 215 pounder leaves White’s former program after averaging 12.2 points and 6.2 boards in addition to 1.2 blocks each game.

Duruji will not be available next season due to NCAA transfer rules unless he’s granted a waiver, but that seems unlikely. However, the big bodied wing will provide a versatile option for the Gators, both offensively and defensively.

Offensive Game:

Anthony Duruji will give White a 6’7 wing that can stretch the floor out to the three point line, or attack the basket. Duruji shot 35.9% from three ball range this past season and averaged more than one a game.

Duruji also hit 46.7% of his field goals for the year indicating he has a good mid-range game and can drive the lane for a rim-rocking dunk or an easy lay-up.

It’s to be seen if his offensive numbers from last season can be consistent once he faces power five opposition consistently.

Defensive Game:

The defensive end of play is where Duruji will likely make his biggest impact. Playing for a defensive minded coach like Mike White, he will have ample opportunity to excel. Duruji averaged more than one block a game in his first two college seasons, and averaged just under one steal per contest in his sophomore season. In a year of development, Duruji could be turned into a versatile defensive star, with the ability to guard all five positions on the floor.

Overall Impression:

This is a solid pickup for Florida. Mike White has preached culture and the addition of a defense-first, but steady scorer is a perfect fit.

Duruji has the chance to be a star for the Gators, largely because he can present a difficult matchup both offensively and defensively.

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