GAINESVILLE -- Florida redshirt freshman guard Brandone Francis-Ramierz is transferring, the school confirmed Wednesday.
Francis-Ramierz’s decision had been rumored for some time, and the 6-foot-5 swingman made the move official in a series of tweets.
I thought about it long and hard and I decided that it was best for me to transfer from UF. I'll sincerely miss this school— Brandone Francis R. (@Brand1F) May 4, 2016
School is fine. I'm taking a summer class here, continuing to train all summer and take my time to properly choose the best fit for my style— Brandone Francis R. (@Brand1F) May 4, 2016
I appreciate and love coach white for supporting my decision and assisting me and my family with the process of finding my next team.— Brandone Francis R. (@Brand1F) May 4, 2016
Francis-Ramirez averaged just 2.0 points and 1.0 rebounds in 2015-16, struggling to stay in coach Mike White’s rotation due to shooting woes and defensive lapses.
The Dominican Republic native came to UF as a Top-50 prospect, but he was forced to redshirt the 2014-15 season because of academic eligibility issues.
In his only year at Florida, Francis-Ramirez was mired in a season-long shooting slump, finishing just 20.2 percent from the floor and a ghastly 16.9 percent from downtown.
He averaged 10.8 minutes a game, sitting out five of UF’s last seven games.
“I want it to work out for him,” White told the school website, adding that Francis-Ramierz will likely transfer to a junior college.
“We really appreciate what Brandone did here and wish him the best.”
Francis-Ramirez joins little-used guard DeVon Walker as the second player to transfer from the program this offseason. The Gators now have two openings on the roster and are recruiting potential graduate transfers.
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