Florida F Pitchford decides to transfer
GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) -- Florida forward Walter Pitchford has decided to transfer, opening up a scholarship for recruit Anthony Bennett.
Bennett, a 6-foot-7 power forward from Canada, is considering Florida, Kentucky, Oregon, Washington and UNLV. He is expected to announce his decision in May.
Pitchford says he wants to be closer to his home in Grand Rapids, Mich.
The 6-foot-10 Pitchford appeared in just 13 games for the Gators last season, totaling six points and four rebounds in 22 minutes.
Florida coach Billy Donovan says Pitchford's decision is "definitely the best thing for him and his family, just with some of his extenuating circumstances."
Pitchford plans to petition the NCAA in hopes of being granted immediate eligibility and avoid sitting out a season under transfer rules.
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