TAMPA, Fla. — After scoring a season-high 25 points against No. 16 South Carolina on Saturday, USF sophomore Jahmal McMurray will transfer, per university officials.
McMurray, an American Athletic Conference (AAC) All-Rookie selection last season, was suspended the first six games of the season for an undisclosed violation. He returned on December 3 and posted 16 points, 3 rebounds, and 4 assists at George Washington.
The Kansas native had improved from his freshman season. Opposed to a 39.1% field goal percentage and 34.6% three-point percentage, he was shooting 43.1% from the floor and had made half of his three-point attempts (10-for-20).
On Saturday, McMurray single-handedly kept USF competitive against Frank Martin’s South Carolina Gamecocks. In what would be his last game in green and gold, the sophomore made five-of-seven three-pointers for 25 points.
With McMurray, the Bulls were bound to be a sleeper in a very competitive AAC. Now, another rough conference slate could be on the horizon.
This evening against Northern Illinois, head coach Orlando Antigua started three freshmen with two juniors. As expected, Michael Bibby assumed point guard duties. The freshman is averaging 7.8 points and 2.7 assists per game during McMurray’s absence.
As McMurray transfers, the top six scorers from the 2015-16 season have now departed. While McMurray made a personal decision to leave, Chris Perry (10.1 PPG) and Roddy Peters (9.8 PPG) were previously dismissed from the team. Angel Nunez (9.6 PPG), Nehemias Morillo (8.7 PPG), and Jaleel Cousins (8.5 PPG) graduated.