When Eli Carter transferred to Florida in the spring of 2013, the Gators were hopeful of adding an impact scorer who proved he could play at a high level in the Big East.

But according to Florida coach Billy Donovan, the 6-foot-2 guard from Patterson, N.J., still hasn’t completely recovered from a broken leg in February of 2013 that prematurely ended his sophomore season at Rutgers.

“He’s much, much better than he was a year ago, but he’s not the same player that he was at Rutgers,” Donovan said at an Atlanta Gator Club gathering. “He’s going to have to play his way back.”

Carter received a waiver to play at Florida in the wake of the Mike Rice scandal at Rutgers and appeared in seven games for the Gators during the 2013-14 season. But unable to take part in preseason conditioning, Carter was clearly hobbled and out of shape, averaging just 0.4 points and 0.7 rebounds in seven games. As a result, Carter elected to shut himself down in December and take a medical redshirt year to get fully healed.