First-team Conference USA guard/forward Egor Koulechov will transfer from Rice to the University of Florida. Koulechov announced his choice on Twitter on Tuesday.
— Egor Koulechov (@RussianGusta) April 19, 2017
As a graduate transfer, the 6-foot-5 Russian will be eligible to play immediately for Mike White and the Gators. Last season for the Owls, Koulechov started all 35 of Rice’s games and averaged 18.2 points and 8.9 rebounds per game. He set a team record for 3-point field-goal percentage (.474). He was the only player in Conference USA to average a double-double in league play.
Koulechov told Evan Daniels of Scout.com although he went back and forth on his decision between Oklahoma and Florida during the last few days, he is fully committed to the Gators.
“I just believe there’s great opportunity there,” he said. “This just feels right. Now that I’ve made the decision, I feel like it’s a load off my chest, and I feel good about it and I’m not going to look back.”
Koulechov, who transferred to Rice from Arizona State, adds experience and skill to a team White hopes can advance beyond its Elite Eight run from March. Regardless of whether Koulechov immediately moves into the starting lineup, he’ll provide some much-needed depth for a Gators team that lost forward Devin Robinson to the NBA draft and guard Eric Hester, who transferred.