USF veteran 7-footer Michael Durr reportedly has joined the exodus of Bulls players to the transfer portal, further clouding the men’s basketball program’s immediate future.
Rivals national recruiting analyst Russ Wood, who regularly covers the team, was the first to report Durr’s decision. A rising senior, he becomes the seventh USF player to enter the portal since the 2020-21 season concluded.
An eighth player, reserve forward Luke Anderson, has transferred to a junior college in Oregon. Meantime, an investigation continues into allegations of racially charged behavior within the program.
The eight presumed departures (players can withdraw their name from the portal) equals the number of players who left the program following the 2016-17 season, when Orlando Antigua was fired as coach in early January and the team won only seven games.
The scholarship players who haven’t entered the portal: veteran guard Zack Dawson (who opted out of the 2020-21 season), power forward Prince Oduro, center Russel Tchewa, guard Jamir Chaplin and guard Caleb Murphy.
A low-post project of sorts upon his arrival at USF, Durr has steadily improved in each of this three seasons. As a junior, he averaged 8.8 points and 7.9 rebounds, leading the team with 18 blocks.
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