Doolin leaves USF basketball program

The USF men’s basketball program announced Tuesday that starting point guard Cody Doolin will forgo the remainder of his senior year on the basketball court, focusing instead on graduating in the spring.

The school said only that “personal reasons” caused the resignation of the Austin, Texas, native, who started all 103 of the games he played for the Dons.

“I respect Cody’s decision to devote more time to other matters in his life that will require his attention away from basketball,” USF coach Rex Walters said in a statement. “Cody has been such a big part of the basketball program since the day he arrived at USF. I want nothing but the best for him and truly appreciate the time, energy and passion he had in his time here.” Doolin was named to the preseason All-West Coast Conference team, and ranks second on the school’s all-time assists list with 451.

He averaged 13 points and seven assists through the first four games of the season, which included a career-high 33-point effort against Nevada.

The change marks the continuation of a trend on the Hilltop: Six players transferred out of USF in March 2012.

It was an unusually high number, even for a small school like USF, made more glaring by the loss of starters Perris Blackwell and Mikey Williams.

Walters, who himself transferred from Northwestern to Kansas as a player, said at the time that the players had expressed their unhappiness with their situations.

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