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USF men’s basketball gets pledges from two SEC transfers

Should both sign, the Bulls will have nine newcomers to the program in 2021-22.
USF men's basketball coach Brian Gregory, who watched nine players transfer at the end of the 2020-21 season, has added seven newcomers and has received pledges from two others.
USF men's basketball coach Brian Gregory, who watched nine players transfer at the end of the 2020-21 season, has added seven newcomers and has received pledges from two others. [ OCTAVIO JONES | Times ]
Published May 18
Updated May 18

The USF men’s basketball team essentially has completed the replenishment of its roster, receiving pledges from two SEC transfers.

Russ Wood of Rivals first reported Tuesday that former Tennessee wing Corey Walker Jr., whose freshman season was derailed by a broken toe, is transferring to USF. Additionally, former South Carolina forward Jalyn McCreary, who appeared in 44 games over the past two seasons for the Gamecocks, indicated via Twitter he’s signing with the Bulls.

Should both ultimately sign, they’ll become the eighth and ninth newcomers to the program, giving the Bulls their full allotment of 13 scholarship players for next season. USF lost nine scholarship players following the conclusion of the 2020-21 season.

Raised in rural northeast Florida, Walker (6-feet-8, 219 pounds) spent the 2019-20 season at Hargrave Military Academy in Virginia and was ranked the nation’s No. 68 recruit by Rivals for the Class of 2020. Should he sign with USF, he would be the second-highest-ranked recruit of the Brian Gregory era, trailing only guard Caleb Murphy (No. 63 by Rivals in 2020).

McCreary (6-8, 235), who hails from Marietta, Ga., had a team-best 18 blocks for USC last season, averaging 5.1 points and and 2.5 rebounds in 17 games.

USF Men’s Basketball Newcomers

(Previous school in parentheses)

F Jake Boggs, 6-7, Jr. (UNC-Wilmington)

G Javon Greene, 6-4, Sr. (George Mason)

F Sam Hines Jr., 6-6, So. (Denver University)

F Bayron Matos, 6-9, So. (New Mexico)

F Jalyn McCreary, 6-8, Jr. (South Carolina)*

G Trey Moss, 6-3, Fr. (Windermere High)

F DJ Patrick, 6-6, So. (Triton College)

G Serrel Smith, 6-4, Jr. (East Tennessee State)

G/F Corey Walker, 6-8, So. (Tennessee)

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