NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 25: Dorian Finney-Smith #15 of the Virginia Tech Hokies drives the ball against Jean-Paul Olukemi #0 of the Oklahoma State Cowboys at the 2011 Dick's Sporting Goods NIT Season Tip-Off at Madison Square Garden on November 25, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)
Highly sought-after Virginia Tech transfer Dorian Finney-Smith is heading to Gainesville.
After Virginia Tech fired head coach Seth Greenberg back in April, freshman power forward Dorian Finney-Smith announced his intention to transfer. As was reported late last night, Finney-Smith will be transferring to Florida. Per NCAA rules, he will sit out the 2012-13 season.
Finney-Smith was a consensus top 30 recruit coming out of high school, and he made the All-ACC Freshman team in his one year at Blacksburg. He averaged 6.3 points and 7.0 rebounds per game. Finney-Smith also looked at Iowa State, Memphis and Louisville as transfer options. Florida now has 14 scholarship players, one above the maximum of 14.
Over at Alligator Army, Andy Hutchins says that Finney-Smith will help bolster a Gators squad that missed out on some big men in the most recent recruiting year:
Even though Florida (and, by extension, Billy Donovan) missed on a few big-name big men in the 2012 recruiting cycle - Tony Parker, Anthony Bennett, Kyle Anderson is sort of big, etc. - the talent that the Gators will have in the practice facility in 2012-13 is going to be very good and very deep, and should help provide Patric Young,Erik Murphy, and Will Yeguete big bodies to bang against in the paint.