Jahmal McMurray transferring from USF basketball
The mediocrity-besieged melodrama that has become USF basketball took another abrupt twist Tuesday when USF sophomore PG Jahmal McMurray requested -- and was granted -- his release.
The school announced McMurray's departure in a news release issued roughly an hour before the Bulls' home game against Northern Illinois. USF lost 59-48 to fall to 5-5.
"My background goes to, you deal with what you've got," third-year coach Orlando Antigua said following the game. "You go with who's there, and that's what we're going to do. We move forward.
"I wish him the best, wish him luck, love him as a kid. And we're going to continue to proceed with the guys we've got here."
The team's top scorer last season (15.2 ppg), McMurray was suspended the first six games this season for an undisclosed violation. Antigua wouldn't elaborate on what might have led to McMurray's departure, or whether the previous violation was related to it.
A member of the American Athletic Conference's All-Rookie team last season, McMurray briefly explored his NBA draft status this past summer, but withdrew his named from consideration well before the deadline and never hired an agent.
He becomes the 13th player with eligibility remaining to depart (or be dismissed from) the program since Stan Heath's dismissal as coach in March 2014.
Times correspondent Jeff Odom contributed to this report.