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Former Wharton shooting guard Troy Holston, the Wildcats' No. 2 scorer last season, has transferred to Oldsmar Christian, his mother confirmed to the Times.
Oldsmar will be Holston's third school in as many seasons. A 6-foot-4 rising senior, he averaged 16.1 points (a team-best) and 3.4 rebounds at Freedom two seasons ago. Last winter, he averaged 13.6 points for Wharton (24-4), upset in the opening round of the Class 8A playoffs.
Monique Holston said playing at Oldsmar, an independent program that plays a national schedule, gives her son a "more elite opportunity."
"I think he will, at this venture, have a much better opportunity to be seen by a lot more high-major (college) programs," Monique Holston said. "He'll also be playing against, or with, many other Division I prospects as well."
A solid pull-up shooter with good elevation, Holston has enjoyed a prosperous summer on the camp/AAU circuit. According to his mom, he already has verbal scholarship offers from Boston University, Florida Gulf Coast, Presbyterian, FAU and Jacksonville.
His departure's immediate impact on the Wildcats' program has been minimal. Wharton went undefeated earlier this summer in the Southeast Basketball Academy (SEBA) summer league, defeating reigning Class 3A state champ Tampa Prep in the title game.
John C. Cotey and Joey Knight, Times staff writers