San Francisco was already losing leading scorer Dior Lowhorn to graduation, and yesterday it was announced that its young, second-leading scorer will transfer.
Kwame Vaughn, a sophomore guard who averaged 12.6 points and was also second on the team in assists and steals, has been granted his release and will no longer be a part of Rex Walters' rebuilding project at USF.
"He hasn't been happy," Walters said by phone, adding the transfer did not come as a surprise. "I coach a certain way, and that might have had something to do with it. He's a good kid. I am demanding.
"There's no hard feelings on my part. He wanted to do it."
Walters, coming off a 12-18 season, said he still thinks the program is on the right track. The Dons were a .500 team in league play and the No. 4 seed in the West Coast Conference tournament before being bounced in the opening round.
USF will have another young team next year in Walters' third season, returning only one senior.