USF men’s basketball announced that former LSU power forward Mayan Kiir has become the latest addition to head coach Brian Gregory’s 2018 recruiting class.
“We are pleased to welcome Mayan into our program. He will be a tremendous addition to the Bulls’ family,” Gregory said. “Mayan has great versatility in his game. He can play with power and strength around the basket while being very skilled and explosive from the perimeter. A proven winner with high-level work ethic, Mayan will greatly impact our program.”
Kiir is the seventh member of the 2018 class and third player that played at Victory Rock Prep in high school, joining guard Michael Durr and Madut Akec. Kiir was born in South Sudan before moving to Melborne, Australia then settled down in Bradenton, FL.
As a high school prospect, Kiir was a three-star according to 247 Sports and a four-star per ESPN. He is the second former four-star to transfer to USF joining former Oklahoma State guard Zach Dawson.
Kiir was suspended in January by head coach Will Wade along with three other Tigers for “separate, undisclosed incidents”. In August of 2017, Kiir and two other teammates were arrested for allegedly shooting paintball at pedestrians.
He was used sparingly as a freshman in Baton Rouge, only seeing action in eight games. He scored a career-high nine points against North Florida.
On March 26, Wade announced that Kiir would not return to the team for the 2018 season.
According to 247sports, LSU wasn’t even an option for Kiir coming out of high school. They predicted he’d go to Illinois, VCU, or Louisville. He originally committed to VCU in November 2016 before deciding to decommit and look elsewhere.
He will have three years of eligibility remaining after he sits out this year.