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Anthony Duruji Talks About Transfer to Florida and College Career

A few days after an official visit to Florida, Louisiana Tech transfer Anthony Duruji committed to play basketball for Coach White and the Gators.

Duruji also had interests from Marquette, Syracuse, Pittsburgh, Seton Hall, Minnesota, Illinois, and many other schools. But Duruji felt Florida would be the best fit for himself.

“I believe Florida is the best fit to finish my collegiate career because it has all the resources that I need, good environment, and coaching to help me reach the next level that I inspire to be,” Duruji said.

Duruji is a 6’7 small forward from Germantown, Maryland. He attended St. Andrews Episcopal School in Potomac, Maryland. Duruji is a highly looked up to athlete in the area.

“It means a lot just to know how far I’ve come as a person and player,” Duruji said. “It’s an honor and it’s an example to the younger kids in my area that they can do whatever they put their mind to as long as they stay the course and enjoy the process.”

While at Louisiana Tech, Duruji played a huge role for the Bulldogs. Since the middle of his freshman season, Duruji started every game for the Bulldogs. Duruji was also named to Conference USA All-Freshman Team.

“Starting as a freshman was good for me,” Duruji said. “It made me mature and learn a lot of things fast. It wasn’t easy, I made mistakes but it was all learning.”

Duruji averaged 9.7 points, 5.1 rebounds, and 1.3 blocks in 25.7 minutes per game in two seasons at Louisiana Tech.

Due to NCAA transfer rules, Duruji will have to sit out of the upcoming season. But Duruji will still be able to practice with the team.

“I’ll be able to compete everyday in practice with elite players, it will raise my level of play,” Duruji said. “But I also have a year to work on a lot of different things without anything holding me back. I’ll get stronger and smarter, it’s going to work in my favor.”

Duruji has two more years of eligibility left and has high expectations set for his new school in the next few years.

“Over the next few years, I’m expecting Florida Gator basketball to be in the talks of winning another national championship.”

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