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Troy Holston, Malik Martin leave USF basketball team (UPDATED)

The 6-foot-11 forward will be seeking his third college program in four seasons.
South Florida Bulls forward Malik Martin (5) takes a shot over Houston Cougars guard Armoni Brooks (3) during the game on Thursday December 28, 2017 at the Sun Dome in Tampa, Florida.
South Florida Bulls forward Malik Martin (5) takes a shot over Houston Cougars guard Armoni Brooks (3) during the game on Thursday December 28, 2017 at the Sun Dome in Tampa, Florida.
Published Apr. 4, 2018
Updated Apr. 4, 2018

USF confirmed Wednesday morning veterans Troy Holston Jr. and Malik Martin, the final two scholarship players from the Orlando Antigua era, are leaving the program as  graduate transfers.

Holston, who has missed two full seasons due to knee problems, couldn't be reached Tuesday night, but Evan Daniels of 247Sports first reported his departure. ESPN's Jeff Goodman first reported Martin's exit late Tuesday afternoon.

No other departures are expected from USF.

"I want to thank both Malik and Troy for their hard work and contributions to our program, " USF coach Brian Gregory said in a statement released by the school.

"They have both been excellent student-athletes and great representatives of our program and university. I am proud that they both will earn their degrees in May and wish them the very best as the pursue their future opportunities. They will always be members of our Bulls family."

Holston, a former Wharton High and Oldsmar Christian standout, appeared in 55 career games at USF but missed all of last season while recovering from knee surgery. He averaged 9.7 points in the 2016-17 season, leading the Bulls with 54 3-pointers.

Martin, a 6-foot-11 Miami native who arrived in Tampa from USC in 2016, sat out one year per NCAA transfer rules, and posted modest numbers (6.4 ppg, 4.7 rpg) this past season. His high point: 19 points and nine rebounds in the Bulls' surreal 75-51 triumph at Memphis on March 1.

Neither player's exit should have long-term repercussions. Freshmen David Collins and Justin Brown return in the frontcourt, transfers Laquincy Rideau (Gardner-Webb) and T.J. Lang (Auburn) become eligible, and heralded signee Xavier Castaneda — a point guard — comes aboard.

The frontcourt also is being replenished.

The Bulls got a commitment Saturday from 6-foot-10, 240-pound junior college standout Antun Maricevic, and last fall signed 6-11 project Michael Durr, who averaged nearly a double-double at Oldsmar Christian in the 2016-17 season.

Additionally, 6-8 F Alexis Yetna is expected back after the NCAA denied him a season of eligibility, and 7-2 C Nikola Scekic returns after averaging 2.3 points and 2.6 rebounds as a junior.

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USF projected 2018-19 roster
(Another 1-2 players could be added)
G Yito Alvarado, R-Jr.*
G Henry Beard, Jr.*
G/F Justin Brown, So.
PG Xavier Castaneda, Fr.
G Joey Coffaro, So.*
G David Collins, So.
C Michael Durr, Fr.
G T.J. Lang, Sr.
C Antun Maricevic, Jr.
G Laquincy Rideau, Jr.
C Nikola Scekic, Sr.
G Rashun Williams, Fr.
F Alexis Yetna, So.
*-walk-on