What an off-season it has been so far for the South Florida Bulls, and not in a good way either.
Coming off a season in which they finished 8-25 overall, and 4-14 in American Athletic Conference play, the Bulls were hoping to build a team that could get them back into contention in 2016-17. But, it seems as though they are going in the wrong direction.
Back in March, sophomore guard Roddy Peters was dismissed from the program. The loss of Peters will be a tough one to overcome, as he averaged 9.8 points, 3.3 rebounds, and 3.5 assists per game in 2015-16. It was expected that he would take on a bigger role next season.
On Thursday, the Bulls dismissed their second key contributor in less than a month. Junior forward Chris Perry, the team’s second leading scorer last season, was dismissed for violating team rules.
Perry, a 6’8”, 242-pound forward from Bartow, FL, had the look of a premier forward in the American Athletic Conference. He had the size that could withstand the daily grind of playing at a high level, but things didn’t pan out for him with the Bulls.
In 2015-16, Perry averaged 10.1 points, 6.6 rebounds, and 1.1 assists per game.
Back in January and February, Perry missed six conference games due to a suspension stemming from a team rules violation. In light of the most recent violation, South Florida held him accountable for his actions.
For head coach Orlando Antigua, the losses of both Peters and Perry leaves a pair of holes in the starting lineup for the Bulls heading into the 2016-17 campaign. They were two of the more talented players on the roster, and the team will have to look for others to step up in their absence.
Look for Jahmal McMurray to build off a strong freshman campaign and carry the offense again next season. He averaged a team-best 15.2 points per game in 2015-16.