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USF Men’s Basketball Junior Guard Xavier Castaneda Has Entered the Transfer Portal

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This one’s certainly a bit more surprising.

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USF men’s basketball junior guard Xavier Castaneda has entered the transfer portal according to Rivals’ Russ Wood. He’s the fourth to enter the portal in the last three days.

Castaneda was part of head coach Brian Gregory’s first true recruiting class, and immediately saw playing time as he averaged a little over 18 minutes per game off the bench and helped the Bulls win the CBI.

The Chicago native had a career year this season as he posted career highs in PPG (8.5), 3PT% (38.7), and FT% (88.1) as one of the primary ball handlers on the team. He also averaged a career-best 2.6 assists per game for the Bulls.

Castaneda played 89 games for USF with 24 starts. He had a career-high 18 points in a win at Temple this year. He accomplished the same feat in a win over Furman in 2019.

USF will have at least five open scholarships to use this off-season as college basketball rapidly approaches college football in their free agency carousel. The Bulls have one incoming freshman in point guard Trey Moss.

Thanks for everything Xavier.