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Sophomore Tulio Da Silva leaves USF basketball team

The 6-foot-7 forward had watched his playing time diminish in conference play
USF redshirt sophomore Tulio Da Silva was averaging eight points this season. (CHARLIE KAIJO | Times)
USF redshirt sophomore Tulio Da Silva was averaging eight points this season. (CHARLIE KAIJO | Times)
Published Jan. 20, 2018

USF redshirt sophomore F Tulio Da Silva, one of three remaining Bulls scholarship players signed by former coach Orlando Antigua, has left the program in what was described as a mutual decision.

"I met with Tulio and his family this week to discuss his future and we decided it is best if our program and he move forward separately," Bulls first-year coach Brian Gregory said in a statement released by the school.

"We thank Tulio for his efforts at USF and wish him the best of luck moving forward. I feel good about the young men in our program and those excited to join it, their commitment to improve every day and the foundation we are building for the success of USF basketball."

Da Silva's departure leaves F Malik Martin, F Isaiah Manderson and SG Troy Holston Jr. as the only scholarship holdovers from the Antigua era. Holston, currently out while recovering from knee surgery, was signed by Stan Heath.

Da Silva was averaging 8.0 points and 5.6 rebounds andd 23.3 minutes on the season, but had watched his playing time diminish significantly in American Athletic Conference play (4.0 ppg, 2.3 rpg, 16.3 minutes).