"We are extremely excited to add Kentrell to our program," head coach Robert McCullum said. "In recent years we have lacked a physical presence inside and Kentrell's addition addresses that need, especially as we move into the BIG EAST."
Kentrell Gransberry, who arrives in Tampa after transferring from LSU, will be eligible immediately following the conclusion of fall semester finals in 2006. His basketball eligibility with the South Florida Bulls will run through the 2007-08 campaign, making him a junior next season.
The 6-9, 270-pound forward played in just two minutes of an exhibition contest this season with the Tigers before leaving the program. Gransberry will begin practicing with the Bulls in January.
A native of Baton Rouge, La., Gransberry starred for a pair of seasons in the junior college ranks at San Jacinto College. He was a first team all-region honoree as a sophomore (2004-05) after leading the nation in rebounding (13.7 rpg.). He concluded the year with 86 blocks and averaged 11.1 points per game and his team, ranked No. 1 in the country a majority of the season, finished with an overall record of 31-3.
"He has good size and experience," McCullum said. "His ability to rebound the ball is a big plus."
As a freshman, he garnered second team all-region accolades after averaging 11.3 points and 12.6 rebounds per game. He concluded the year with 12 double-doubles.
Gransberry competed for Woodlawn High School in Baton Rouge during his prep career.
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