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Texas among potential destinations for USF PG Jahmal McMurray

The ‘Horns would be without the explosive scorer until January 2018, but he could be a big addition to 2017-18’s roster.

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It was recently announced that USF sophomore guard Jahmal McMurray has elected to transfer from the program and is considering a small list of potential suitors, which includes Shaka Smart and the Texas Longhorns.

It’s no secret that Texas is in need of a ball handler and floor general beyond the capabilities of what’s currently a makeshift rotation of natural combo guards, and if four-star priority target Matt Coleman picks Duke over the ‘Horns, McMurray could be a significant addition.

As a freshman last season, McMurray led the Bulls in scoring (15.2), assists (2.5) and minutes (35.2) en route to American Athletic Conference All-Rookie Team honors. This season, though, began a bit differently, as McMurray was suspended for the first six games for an undisclosed violation before returning for just three games before electing to transfer. His prowess as a prolific scoring guard remained, though — McMurray averaged 20.3 points during the three games he appeared in this season.

Texas’ most significant competition for the 6’1, 165-pound scorer will likely be St. John’s, as McMurray plans to visit the Red Storm this week, along with Virginia Tech, which may have an edge by way of current assistant coach and former USF assistant, Steve Roccaforte.

McMurray is expected to be available in January 2018 after sitting out the first semester of next season.