USF men’s hoops lands 6-foot-9 LSU transfer

OCTAVIO JONES   |   Times USF head coach Brian Gregory during a press conference at the USF Sun Dome in Tampa, Florida on Monday, November 6, 2017.
OCTAVIO JONES | Times USF head coach Brian Gregory during a press conference at the USF Sun Dome in Tampa, Florida on Monday, November 6, 2017.
Published June 15
Updated June 15

USF put the final touch on its 2018 recruiting class Friday, announcing it has signed 6-foot-9 LSU transfer Mayan Kiir.

A South Sudan native once deemed a four-star prospect by ESPN, Kiir becomes the seventh and final member of USF coach Brian Gregory's 2018 class. He must sit out the 2018-19 season per NCAA transfer rules, and will be eligible three years thereafter.

"Mayan has great versatility in his game," Gregory said in a statement released by USF.

"He can play with power and strength around the basket while being very skilled and explosive from the perimeter. A proven winner with high-level work ethic, Mayan will greatly impact our program."

Kiir was suspended from LSU's team in January for an undisclosed violation, and Tigers coach Will Wade announced in late March he wouldn't be returning. Kiir originally signed with Wade at Virginia Commonwealth, but was granted his release when Wade moved on to Baton Rouge.

In eight games with the Tigers, he averaged 1.9 points and two rebounds.

Prior to LSU, Kiir played at Bradenton's Victory Rock Prep, averaging 13.4 points, 8.2 rebounds and 1.6 blocks in the 2016-17 season.

2018-19 USF Roster
G Madut Akec, Fr., 6-6/185
PG Xavier Castaneda, Fr., 6-0/185
G Zack Dawson, So., 6-3/185*
G/F Justin Brown, So., 6-6/210
G Joey Coffaro, So., 5-11/170#
G David Collins, So., 6-3/200
C Michael Durr, Fr., 6-11/210
C Mayan Kiir, R-Fr., 6-9/210*
G T.J. Lang, R-Sr., 6-7/210
C Antun Maricevic, Jr., 6-10/240
G Laquincy Rideau, R-Jr., 6-1/210
C Nikola Scekic, Sr., 7-2/250
G Rashun Williams, Fr., 6-6/180
F Alexis Yetna, So., 6-8/220

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*-Ineligible this season per NCAA transfer rules

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