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USF forward Prince Oduro eligible for Bulls this season

The 6-foot-8 power forward played at Mississippi State last season.
Forward Prince Oduro, right, who previously played at Siena and Mississippi State, has been granted eligibility for this upcoming season at USF.
Forward Prince Oduro, right, who previously played at Siena and Mississippi State, has been granted eligibility for this upcoming season at USF. [ TIMOTHY D. EASLEY | Associated Press (2017) ]
Published Jul. 13, 2020

New USF power forward Prince Oduro, a burly 6-foot-8 Mississippi State transfer, revealed via Twitter on Monday that he has been deemed eligible for the 2020-21 season by the NCAA.

The announcement, coupled with senior guard David Collins’ recent announcement that he plans to remain at USF after pondering his NBA status, fortifies what shapes up as one of the deepest rosters in Bulls history.

Oduro will join a frontcourt already featuring 7-foot junior Michael Durr and 2018-19 American Athletic Conference Freshman of the Year Alexis Yetna, who missed all of last season with a knee injury.

Former Lakeland High standout Luke Anderson, a 6-foot-8 Iowa State transfer, also enters the low-post rotation after sitting out last season. Additionally, the Bulls are awaiting a ruling on 7-foot Texas Tech transfer Russel Tchewa; word on his status for the upcoming season isn’t expected for another couple of weeks at the earliest.

Related: USF men's basketball stock on rise with David Collins' return

Oduro averaged 9.1 points and 5.1 rebounds as a freshman at Siena in the 2017-18 season. He sat out a year after transferring to Mississippi State, where he found himself in a front-court logjam. This past year, he averaged only 1.2 points and 0.9 rebounds in 21 appearances.

USF returns four of its five starters, and five of its top six scorers, from last season’s 14-17 club. In addition to Oduro and Anderson, the Bulls also bring in heavily touted combo guard Caleb Murphy.

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