Stan Heath and the USF Basketball team were dealt a big blow as JUCO signee Waverly Austin was ruled ineligible and will not play for the Bulls this year. GGreg Auman of the Tampa Bay Times is reporting that there were issues with some credits not transferring Palm Beach State College and kept Austin from enrolling at USF.
The 6-foot-11 Austin originally signed with USF out of Progressive Christian Academy in 2010, but was unable to get the qualifying test scores needed and enrolled at Palm Beach State to earn his associates degree. Austin was named as a two-time JUCO All-American, averaging 18.2 points, 10.3 rebounds and 3.8 blocks per game as a freshman in 2010-11.
Austin was expected to jump right into the starting lineup and play a big role for USF as he was tasked to replace the production of departing seniors Ron Anderson Jr. and Augustus Gilchrist. With Austin gone, USF will now have to rely on FAU graduate transfer Kore White and redshift freshman Jordan Omogbehin. Coach Heath also said that he expects Victor Rudd to get some playing time at power forward when the Bulls play smallball.
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