While the Florida Gators may have trouble convincing forwards to sign with the program out of high school, the transfer market seems to be wide open to Billy Donovan. Virginia Tech forward Dorian Finney-Smith has chosen to transfer to Florida over Iowa State, Louisville and Marquette. The 6’8″ forward was a Florida target during the 2011 recruiting cycle, but decided to stay in his home state and join the Hokies. He had a productive freshman season during which he appeared in all 33 of VT’s games, starting 30 of them. Finney-Smith averaged 6.3 points and 7.0 rebounds during his only season with the Hokies.
Finney-Smith is the second forward to transfer to Florida this offseason. He joins former South Carolina forward Damontre Harris as one of the newest Gators. Like Harris, Finney-Smith will sit out the 2012-13 season. He will have three seasons of eligibility remaining after using a redshirt during the season he must sit out.
Although the Gators weren’t able to add big bodies to help during the upcoming season, both Harris and Finney-Smith will be vital pieces of Florida’s success when they’re eligible. They’re both proven commodities that have faced good competition at the college level. While Donovan is having some trouble convincing larger forwards to come to Florida during the recruiting process, maybe future prospects will see the transfers coming in and realize there’s a place for them in the Gators’ system after all.