Former University of Denver forward Sam Hines Jr announced on Saturday that he will be transferring to USF to continue his basketball career. The addition of Hines is one that should kick start the rebuilding process for USF men’s basketball.
Hines is making his way to USF from the Summit League’s University of Denver, where he started in 18 of 20 games played for the Pioneers. The 6’6 forward averaged 29 minutes and 10.6 points per game last season. He also collected 5.8 rebounds per game, while blocking 11 shots and accumulating 12 steals throughout the season.
Prior to Denver, Hines hails from Marietta, Georgia, where he helped lead his team to a 7A state title game while averaging 17.8 points and 8.8 rebounds per game. Initially held offers from Navy, Western Carolina, and Princeton before deciding on attending Denver. He entered the transfer portal on March 5th and will have a full four years of eligibility left in Tampa.
While there’s still an ongoing investigation into assistant coach Tom Herrion’s racially charged comments, two commitments in the last week should bode well for head coach Brian Gregory.