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Impact transfers give rebuilding South Florida hope for the future

Jeff Eisenberg
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NCAA Basketball: Maryland at Clemson

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Mar 2, 2014; Clemson, SC, USA; Maryland Terrapins guard Roddy Peters (2) dribbles the ball as Clemson Tigers forward/center Josh Smith (33) defends during the first half at J.C. Littlejohn Coliseum. (Joshua S. Kelly-USA TODAY Sports)

As bleak as South Florida's outlook for the 2014-15 season appears to be, the Bulls now have plenty to look forward to for the following year.

That's when their backcourt of the future will become eligible.

Newly hired South Florida coach Orlando Antigua received a commitment Wednesday from Maryland transfer Roddy Peters, a point guard considered a consensus top 50 recruit when he joined the Terps last season. The addition of Peters comes just a week after Antigua landed high-scoring Marshall point guard Kareem Canty, one of the most coveted transfers on the market this spring.

Both Canty and Peters will have three years eligibility remaining after sitting out the 2014-15 season. Canty averaged 16.3 points and 5.5 assists as a freshman, though his shooting percentage was under 40 percent. Peters came off the bench to average 4.1 points and 2.1 assists in his lone season with Maryland, but a year sitting out gives him an opportunity to improve his decision making with the ball and his inconsistent outside shot.

Landing Canty and Peters is a credibility boost for a South Florida program that went 12-20 in Stan Heath's final season and then lost five scholarship players to transfers after his firing. Among those was promising freshman big man John Egbunu, who transferred to Florida after making the American Athletic Conference's all-rookie team this past season.

Antigua has done his best to ensure South Florida fields a competitive team in the AAC next year, apparently convincing standout point guard Anthony Collins to stay for his senior season and landing the brother of Sacramento Kings star DeMarcus Cousins to help shore up the frontcourt. Still, it's the 2015-16 season when the Bulls are more likely to rise in the AAC pecking order.

It's then that Antigua's first recruiting class will arrive and his two promising transfer guards will become eligible to do more than just play on the scout team. 

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