UF’s White adds prized trans­fer Koule­chov

Sun Sentinel Broward Edition - - COLLEGES - By Edgar Thomp­son and Matt Murschel Staff writ­ers

UF bas­ket­ball coach Mike White once again has landed a prized grad­u­ate trans­fer to off­set some key losses this off­sea­son.

Egor Koule­cho­vis leav­ing Rice to join the 2017-18 Ga­tors for his fi­nal year af­ter he av­er­aged 18.2 points and 8.9 re­bounds to earn All-Con­fer­ence USA hon­ors last sea­son.

Koule­chov an­nounced on his Twit­ter ac­count (@Rus­sianGusta) he would join the Ga­tors.

Koule­chov, a 6-foot-5, 209-pound na­tive of Rus­sia, will ar­rive in Gainesville a year af­ter small for­ward Canyon Barry left the Col­lege of Charleston to join the Ga­tors as a grad­u­ate trans­fer.

Barry went on to be­come the SEC’s Sixth Man of the Year and help UF reach the 2017 Elite Eight dur­ing White’s sec­ond sea­son.

Koule­chov might even be an up­grade over Barry and also should help off­set the loss of for­ward Devin Robin­son, who is leav­ing school early for the NBA Draft.

Koule­chov shot 47.4 per­cent from 3-point range and made172 3s dur­ing the past three sea­sons, in­clud­ing his fresh­man year at Arizona State.

Koule­chov, who vis­ited UF last week­end, chose the Ga­tors over Ok­la­homa.

Foot­ball at­ten­dance

Fans filled the seats in sta­di­ums across the state of Florida as the av­er­age home at­ten­dance for pro­grams like UCF, Mi­amiand USF in­creased ac­cord­ing to the lat­est fig­ures re­leased by the NCAA Mon­day.

Those num­bers are based on an­nounced at­ten­dance fig­ures not ac­tual tick­ets sold.

Mark Richt’s hir­ing helped Mi­ami at the ticket win­dow with the Hur­ri­canes see­ing an in­crease of more than 11,000 fans per home game. That’s up from 47,561 fans per home game in 2015 to 58,572 in 2016. A com­bi­na­tion of a newly-ren­o­vated Hard Rock Sta­dium and a fa­vor­able sched­ule fea­tur­ing qual­ity op­po­nents like Florida State, North Carolina and Pitts­burgh helped aswell.

Florida State may not have won the ACC Cham­pi­onship but that didn’t stop Semi­noles fans from tak­ing in games at the Doak. The team sawan in­crease in at­ten­dance fig­ures from 2015 to 2016 — up nearly five per­cent — go­ing from73,219 to 76,800 fans.

FAU saw a dra­matic drop in av­er­age at­ten­dance, more than 40 per­cent, as the Owls went 3-9 for the third straight sea­son. The team went from av­er­ag­ing 17,617 spec­ta­tors in 2015 to 10,073 in 2016.

Florida, mean­while, also sawa small de­crease in av­er­age home at­ten­dance but you need to re­mem­ber that the Ga­tors lost a home game thanks to Hur­ri­cane Matthew. Per­haps that ac­counts for the lit­tle more than two per­cent drop in at­ten­dance from 90,065 in 2015 to 87,846 in 2016.

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