Former LSU forward Alex Fudge transfers to Florida, will play under new men's basketball coach Todd Golden

GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Former LSU forward Alex Fudge transferred to Florida on Monday, becoming another key building block for new men's basketball coach Todd Golden.

Fudge, who was born in Jacksonville, Florida, averaged 3.3 points and 3.2 rebounds as a freshman with the Tigers last season.

The 6-foot-8 Fudge has a 7-foot wingspan and was a four-star prospect. He averaged 17.9 points, 12.2 rebounds and 5.7 blocked shots as a senior at Lee High.

"Alex is just scratching the surface in terms of his potential," Golden said in a statement. "He's already proven to be an impactful defender that makes winning plays and can guard multiple positions. Offensively, we believe he will make a big jump for us getting out in transition more and playing in the middle of the floor in the half court. We can't wait to see his growth from his freshman to his sophomore season."

Fudge joins a roster that includes big man Colin Castleton and rising sophomore Kowacie Reeves.

Both players considered leaving Florida after former coach Mike White took the Georgia job, but Golden convinced Castleton and Reeves to remain in Gainesville.