Less than two weeks after the USF men’s basketball season ended in the first round of the CBI Tournament, the Dons received news that six players, including starters Michael Williams and Perris Blackwell, will not be returning next season, school sources confirmed.
Blackwell was an All-West Coast Conference honorable-mention selection as he averaged 12.7 points and 6.1 rebounds this season.
Williams had a setback in the 2011-12 season after being selected to the preseason All-WCC first team. He averaged 10.8 points per game and shot 32 percent from 3-point range.
Along with Williams and Blackwell, Khalil Murphy, Justin Raffington, Avery Johnson and Charles Standifer are also leaving the Hilltop.
The reasons for their departures was not released by the university and their future plans are currently unclear.
This could cripple USF heading into next season, with the Dons already losing senior starters Angelo Caloiaro and Rashad Green.
The only returning starter will be sophomore guard Cody Doolin.
Blackwell and Williams, who just finished their junior seasons, were two-year starters in what has been a resurrection of the USF program under fourth-year coach Rex Walters.
The Dons have increased their win total in each year under
Walters, earning their first 20-win season in nearly 20 years this past season.
One bright spot, however, is former Lincoln High School graduate De’End Parker will reportedly be transferring to USF from UCLA to be close to his ailing mother.
Parker, a 6-foot-6 guard, led the City College of San Francisco to the state championship last season. He only played in two games this season for the Bruins, who finished 19-13 and missed out on the NCAA Tournament, totaling eight points on the season.