The Miami Hurricanes and coach Jim Larrañaga picked up another big piece this offseason with the addition of former Florida Gators forward Keith Stone via transfer.
Out of Deerfield Beach, the former Gator is “coming home” to South Florida for his final season of eligibility.
The incoming senior is off an ACL tear on January 19 that cut his junior campaign short, but looks to recover by the start of the 2019-20 season to give UM much-needed depth at the post position.
“I’m happy to have called Florida home for the last four years!” Stone said on Twitter back on March 26, when he decided to transfer, with the destination not yet determined. “I will always be a Gator! Thank you for the lover and support, I will cherish that and use it as my motivation at my next stop.”
Stone averaged just over six points and under four rebounds per game as a junior, including a season-high 12 points in a December 29 win over Butler.
Stone also scored 15 points and recorded eight rebounds in a win over the ‘Canes as a freshman at UF during the 2016-17 season.
The former No. 82-ranked recruit in the nation out of Zion Lutheran High School in 2015 will likely get quality playing minutes, with only Deng Gak, Rodney Miller and incoming freshman Anthony Walker listed as fellow big men on next season’s roster.
Stone is the fourth player recruited to join UM for the upcoming year, joining Walker along with Isaiah Wong and Harlond Beverly.