Sophomore forward Saaka granted release
USF sophomore forward Amu Saaka, who saw his points and minutes drop off this past season under coach Stan Heath, has been granted a release to transfer, his mother Janet said Friday.
Saaka, who averaged 2.6 points, is the second Bulls sophomore granted a release this week, following guard Solomon Bozeman. Saaka averaged 17.0 minutes as a freshman under Robert McCullum, but saw that role drop to 10.5 minutes this past season.
Saaka showed a spark late in the nonconference season, scoring 13 points against St. Francis (N.Y.) and 17 against Winston-Salem State. He broke his nose in USF's Big East opener against Rutgers, however, and wasn't the same player after that, totaling just 30 points in 18 conference games.
Saaka's departure gives Heath four scholarships to use during the spring signing period, which starts April 16. One player who apparently isn't leaving the Bulls is freshman forward Orane Chin, who went from starter to barely-used reserve in an up-and-down first season. Chin's coach at Miramar High School, Ken Kelly, said Friday that Chin had told him he was staying at USF after meeting with Heath this week.
In all, four scholarship players who signed with USF under McCullum have been granted their release since Heath was hired in April. Forward Zaronn Cann transferred to Division II Eckerd College last summer and guard Dante Curry transferred to Georgia State in December.