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Junior college guard/forward verbally commits to UCF

Donnie Jones

Central Florida head coach Donnie Jones signals to his players during the first half of an NCAA basketball game against the Cincinnati, Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014, in Orlando Fla. Cincinnati won 77-49. (AP Photo Reinhold Matay)


At the end of the 2013-14 season UCF lost its two best perimeter options in Isaiah Sykes and Calvin Newell Jr., who combined to average 27.3 points and 6.4 assists per contest. Head coach Donnie Jones added three freshmen to the ranks this season, and they’ll help as the Knights look to account for those key losses moving forward.

Sunday evening, the program received a commitment from a junior college product capable of helping UCF on the perimeter in 2015.

6-foot-5 Daytona State College (Florida) guard/forward Tanksley Efianayi, who visited UCF this weekend, has verbally committed to the American Athletic Conference program. News of Efianayi’s commitment was first reported by Brad Winton of Efianayi was also considering Arizona State and St. John’s.

Efianayi is the third commitment for UCF in the Class of 2015, joining guard Chance McSpadden and forward Chad Brown. As a freshman at Daytona State College Efianayi averaged 15.7 points and 6.4 rebounds per contest, shooting 48.5% from the field and just over 31 percent from beyond the arc. Efianayi reached double figures in 25 of the 29 games he played in, with his season-high being 28 points.

UCF loses just one senior at the end of the 2014-15 season, starting forward and leading returning scorer Kasey Wilson (9.6 ppg, 5.7 rpg in 2013-14).

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