Men's hoops notes: LeDay transferring
Tying up a few Friday loose ends:
USF sophomore F Zach LeDay announced early Friday evening via Twitter he's transferring, becoming the second Bulls underclassmen to depart since Coach Stan Heath's dismissal. LeDay's tweet:
Wanna thank god for blessing me in my learning experience at USF, but it is time 4 me to move on and continue my career else where #godbless
A physical, brawny (6-foot-7, 245 pounds) post presence from north Texas, LeDay started 16 games this past season, averaging 3.5 points and 2.6 boards.
His minutes (15 per game) diminished slightly from his freshman year (16.9) as frontcourt newcomers John Egbunu and Chris Perry evolved into American Athletic Conference All-Rookie team selections. It's unclear whether LeDay fit into the plans of the Bulls' new coaching staff, which has stressed its desire to increase tempo.
He joins PG Josh Heath, who has transferred to Georgia Tech, as the Bulls' departures. Presuming no one else moves on and Faith Baptist combo G Dinero Mercurius sends in his letter of intent, USF would appear to have one remaining available scholarship.
* USF still has made no official announcement regarding Mercurius, a 6-4 long-range specialist who averaged 17 points last winter. Mercurius signed his letter of intent Thursday night according to Faith Baptist coach Kenny Gillion.
* The school released the salaries of its newest assistants. Rod Strickland will earn $175,000 next season, slightly more than Oliver Antigua ($155,000). Director of basketball operations Jerry McCullough will make $80,000.
Coach Orlando Antigua has a $700,000 staff salary pool for his first season. The remaining $290,000 will be used to pay a third assistant and perhaps one or two other staffers (i.e. video coordinator, administrative assistant).
* According to various reports, former Bulls assistant Steve Roccaforte will join Buzz Williams' staff at Virginia Tech. Roccaforte, former coach at Lamar, spent the last three seasons with the Bulls and was instrumental in helping them land the best signing class ('13) of the Heath era.