USC freshman Kyle Sturdivant is entering the NCAA transfer portal

Freshman guard Kyle Sturdivant, whose first and only season at USC was interrupted by his father’s tragic death, has entered the transfer portal.

USC coach Andy Enfield confirmed Sturdivant’s decision in a telephone interview on Wednesday.

“It is a very difficult family situation with the death of his father,” said Enfield. “Kyle was a great young man and will become a very good basketball player. We will miss him, but we understand. We wish him the best. ‘

Sturdivant, a four-star recruit from Georgia, as a freshman has had a limited role as a backup point guard, averaging two points over eight minutes per game.

In early February, a tragic accident claimed the life of his father, Gary, who lived in Southern California to stay close to his son. Sturdivant heard the news during the road trip of the Trojans through Arizona. He was fit to play a day later, making it six minutes against the state of Arizona.

Sturdivant left for Georgia the next day and was away from the team for the next three weeks, before returning for the final stretch of a season that would eventually be cut short.

Without him, USC could face a profound problem in his backcourt next season, with senior guards Jonah Mathews, Quinton Adlesh and Daniel Utomi already ready to move on. The only experienced Trojan guards returning are emerging sophomore Ethan Anderson and emerging junior Elijah Weaver.

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