Former Lee High School forward Alex Fudge is on his way back to Sunshine State.
Fudge announced Wednesday night on Twitter that he was moving to Florida, where he will play on the field at the O’Connell Center under newly hired Gators head coach Todd Golden.
Fudge originally named Florida among his 10 finalist schools before selecting LSU in October 2020.
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An All-First Coast winner in Jacksonville at Lee (now Riverside), Fudge traded to the Gators from LSU, where the entire roster entered the transfer portal following the firing of Tigers coach Will Wade.
The 6-foot-8, 185-pound Fudge played 29 games, starting one, in his first season with the Tigers, averaging 3.3 points, 3.2 rebounds and 14 minutes per game. However, his season included three double-digit games, including a 13-point outing against eventual Elite Eight qualifier Arkansas and an 11-point performance against Wake Forest in the Emerald Coast Championship.
At Lee, Fudge averaged 16.0 points and 9.9 rebounds as a junior in 2019-20, then fared even better in an abbreviated senior campaign with 17.9 points and 12.2 rebounds per game. . He led the Generals to the tournament championship at the Fortegra High School 9:12 Invitational before moving on midseason to enroll early at LSU.
Fudge’s impending arrival further strengthens the Gators’ frontcourt for Golden’s first season. Florida received a boost earlier in the week when Colin Castleton announced his intention to return to the Gators for another season.
Clayton Freeman covers high school sports and more for the Florida Times-Union. Follow him on Twitter at @CFreemanJAX.