TAMPA, Fla. — After scoring a season-high 25 points versus #16 South Carolina on Saturday, South Florida sophomore Jahmal McMurray will transfer. The news was announced per the school Tuesday evening.
McMurray, an American Athletic Conference All-Rookie selection last season, was suspended the first six games of the current campaign (undisclosed violation). He returned on December 3 and produced 16 points, 3 rebounds, and 4 assists at George Washington.
The Kansas native was much improved from his freshman season. Opposed to a 39.1% field goal percentage and 34.6% mark from beyond the arc, he was shooting 43.1% from the floor and made half of his three-point attempts (10-for-20).
On Saturday, McMurray single-handedly kept South Florida competitive against Frank Martin’s South Carolina Gamecocks. In what would be his last game in green and gold, the sophomore swished 5-of-7 triples for 25 points.
With McMurray, the Bulls were bound to be a sleeper in a very competitive American Athletic Conference. Now, another rough conference slate could be on the horizon.
This evening versus Northern Illinois, Orlando Antigua’s starting lineup became even younger by starting three freshmen with two juniors. As expected, Michael Bibby assumed point guard duties. The Arizona native produced 7.8 points and 2.7 assists per game during McMurray’s absence.
As McMurray transfers, the top six scorers from the 2015-16 South Florida Bulls 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. In addition Angel Nunez (9.6 PPG), Nehemias Morillo (8.7 PPG), and Jaleel Cousins (8.5 PPG) graduated.
– P. Wesner