According to Alex Kline over at The Recruit Scoop, rising sophomore guard Dinero Mercurius will transfer from USF. Mercurius will likely have to sit out the 2015-16 season and will have three years of eligibility remaining.
The news makes sense, given that Orlando Antigua is still on the recruiting trail despite graduate transfer Angel Nunez filling the Bulls' 13th and final scholarship this weekend. I expect we'll receive confirmation from USF soon (edit: confirmed. It's official now).
Apart from being one of the best-named players in USF basketball history, Mercurius was a Stan Heath recruit who saw a decent amount of action at shooting guard in Orlando Antigua's first season. He averaged just under 14 minutes per game, totaling 3.3 points and 1.9 rebounds per contest. Mercurius is a shoot-first guard who was expected to help the Bulls shore up their abysmal three-point shooting, but he never quite found his stroke, making eight of his 39 attempts beyond the arc on the season for a not-so-hot 20.5%.
With Mercurius' depature, the Bulls now have one open scholarship and a bunch of intriguing options to fill it-- USF hosted Miami transfer DeAndre Burnett and former George Mason commit Ahmad Gilbert along with Nunez over the weekend, and have been linked to Sean Smith's talented JUCO teammate Ty Outlaw. Keep an eye out for further developments over the next month or so.
We wish nothing but the best to Dinero, and hope he finds a school where he can thrive and inspire a multitude of currency-related puns.