Hornets sign ex-alligator Anthony Duruji

Every year on summer days, teams sign players to fill training camp rosters and prepare for the 2022-23 season. In the midst of these signings, the Charlotte Hornets took a chance on a former Florida basketball player, Anthony Durujiwith an Annex 10 contract.

Florida Basketball: Anthony Duruji signs

Anthony Duruji played 2 seasons in Gainesville averaging 7.4 points, 4.3 rebounds and 0.9 assists. from Duruji the value to the team has been proven as the former CUSA All-Freshman was one of the best rebounds and defenders on the 2021-22 Gator team. In his final season under coach Michael White, Duruji started 28 of their 30 games played.

Anthony Duruji during a Florida Gators regular season game

GAINESVILLE, FLORIDA – FEBRUARY 09: Anthony Duruji #4 of the Florida Gators gesticulates during the first half of a game against the Georgia Bulldogs at the Stephen C. O’Connell Center on February 9, 2022 in Gainesville, Florida. (Photo by James Gilbert/Getty Images)

After his final season in the NCAA, Duruji declared for the NBA draft and was not drafted, leaving him an unrestricted free agent. Antonio however, he played two games in the NBA 2K23 Summer League for the Atlanta Hawks. In these two games Duruji recorded 3 points and 2.5 rebounds while shooting 67% from the field in just 13 minutes of play. In these games, Duruji even managed to score 1 block and steal per game, showing his defensive capabilities.

Unfortunately, the Hawks never caught Duruji and he was left a free agent. In a stroke of luck, the Charlotte Hornets extended him a 10-year contract to join the team at training camp. This contract does not guarantee him a spot in the regular season and gives him financial incentive to play for G-League affiliate Greensboro Swarm if he is dropped by the team.

Hopefully, Duruji can show his length and impress the coaching staff with his rebounding, defending and outside kicking potential to land a spot playing at Greensboro. we in Save Florida Save Wish Duruji good luck at camp as he represents the Florida Gators basketball program!

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