Former Highland Park star Jahmal McMurray is leaving USF.
McMurray led USF in scoring as a freshman last season averaging 15.2 points a game earning AAC All-Rookie Team honors.
He was averaging 20.3 points, 2.7 rebounds, and 2.0 assists in three games for USF this season. He also made 12 of 31 (38.7 percent) from behind the 3-point line.
“This morning, Jahmal McMurray informed me of his intent to transfer from USF,” USF head coach Orlando Antigua said in a statement issued on Tuesday night. “Per his request, we have agreed to grant him an immediate release to do so. I wish him the best in his future endeavors. My focus remains on leading the young men on our USF Bulls team as they continue striving for excellence on and off the court.”
Since McMurray is leaving before the start of the second semester, he would be eligible to play at his next school beginning in December 2017 after missing the games his next school plays during the first semester of the 2017-18 season. He will have one and a half years of eligibility remaining.
Schools have already inquired about McMurray.
McMurray served a six-game suspension to start the season, but immediately made an impact in his return scoring 16 points in 33 minutes off the bench against George Washington.
He scored 20 points in a win against Bethune-Cookman and had a season-high 25 on 8-of-17 shooting in a loss to South Carolina on Saturday.
McMurray became only the second USF freshman to score 500 points, which included a career-high 30 in a win at Houston. His 73 3-pointers made were tops among USF freshmen and eighth on USF’s single-season list.
He scored at least 20 points nine times in 36 games at USF. He made at least five 3-pointers in a game five times.
While at Highland Park High School (2010-14) McMurray helped lead the Scots to a 47-3 record in his final two seasons with two state championship game appearances. He scored 1,155 points and made 202 3-pointers in his career.
He averaged 18.0 points a game at Sunrise Christian (Kan.) Academy before attending USF.