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Florida Gators basketball will not have all three of its incoming freshmen available to play in the 2016-17 season as the program announced Tuesday that three-star center Gorjok Gak (Bradenton, FL) has not met the academic standards needed to play college basketball this year. He will, however, be allowed to enroll at the University of Florida.
Gak, who was originally committed to Oklahoma State but was let out of his letter of intent following the departure of Travis Ford, checks in at 6-foot-11 and 205 pounds and was rated as the 190th best player in the nation per the 247Sports Composite when he committed to Florida on April 24.
Due to him not meeting academic standards, he will lose a full season of eligibility and have three left, starting in 2017-18 assuming he makes the necessary marks.
Gak is the fourth player with a listed height of 6-foot-9 or taller on the roster, joining redshirt junior John Egbunu, senior Schuyler Rimmer and sophomore Kevarrius Hayes.
It is unlikely he would have received much playing time anyway as he still needs to fill out his frame, which he will be able to do with strength and conditioning coach Preston Greene as he is allowed to participate in basketball activities and workout with the team.
Four-star guard Eric Hester and three-star forward Dontay Bassett, both out of Oldsmar Christian School in Oldsmar, Florida, are the other two members of the Gators’ 2016 signing class.
The Australian-born Gak entered the United States in 2014 in order to pursue a basketball career.