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USF hoops transfers: Where are they now?



Saaka As I read this afternoon that former USF signee Teeng Akol is transferring from Oklahoma State to Western Kentucky -- he scored two points in parts of two seasons with the Cowboys -- I realized we hadn't caught up recently with the many players who have transferred away from USF since Stan Heath took over the program in 2007.

Still don't have anything firm on where point guard Justin Leemow will land -- had heard N.C. Central and Fordham, but there's no sign of him at either school yet. But here are updates on 10 other former players and signees. None are playing in a major conference, but some are doing very well, some are sitting out this season, others still not playing much at smaller schools.

Amu Saaka, Furman: Saaka, now a junior, has made a big splash in his first season playing for the Paladins (9-8), averaging a team-best 16.7 points and 7.1 rebounds per game. He scored a career-high 34 points last week in a loss to Davidson. (Thanks to for the picture.)

Solomon Bozeman, Arkansas-Little Rock: Bozeman, also a junior, leads the Trojans with 14.4 points per game and 4.2 assists, though the team has struggled to a 5-13 record.

Aaron Holmes, Tulane: Settling in at his fourth program in four years, Holmes, a junior from St. Petersburg, is averaging 7.3 points while starting in 13 of 17 games for the Green Wave (6-11).

Orane Chin, Cal State-Fullerton: Chin is averaging 6.1 points per game off the bench as a sophomore for Fullerton (9-8). He made somebody's highlight reel for this putback dunk in December.

Gene Teague, Southern Illinois: Like Akol, Teague started summer classes at USF, but wasn't accepted academically and wound up at SIU. As a freshman, he's averaging 3.5 points and 3.1 rebounds for the Salukis (10-7), and he's gotten 5.9 points per game in conference play.

Dante Curry, Georgia State: He played just six games at USF and is now a junior for the Panthers (9-11), averaging 2.4 points in 7.8 minutes per game. He had better numbers last season, averaging 6.9 points.

Zaronn Cann, Eckerd: Transferred before Heath's first season, and has played well for the Division II Tritons (9-6). As a senior, he's averaging 12.3 points and 5.7 rebounds, and went for 19 in a win against Saint Leo on Wednesday night. Guess who else is on the Eckerd roster: Former USF football player Quincy Okolie, who has scored two points in nine minutes this season.

There are three former Bulls sitting out this season after transferring from USF -- forward Eladio Espinosa is at Marshall, guard Gaby Belardo is at Canisius, guard Jordan Dumars is a walk-on at Michigan, eligible in December. One player I can't find is point guard Dwan McMillan, who signed with USF two years ago but didn't qualify academically ...

[Last modified: Thursday, May 27, 2010 7:59pm]


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