With his father Stan no longer the head coach at USF, point guard Josh Heath made the decision to transfer in late March. And according to a report from Joey Johnston of the Tampa Tribune Josh has found a new school, as he’ll be transferring to Georgia Tech.
Heath, who was originally expected to redshirt, saw more playing time than expected due to the health of starting point guard Anthony Collins. Heath played in just 17 games but averaged 20 minutes per contest, accounting for 2.6 points and 3.6 assists per game with the latter number ranking second on the team.
In theory Heath would have to sit out the 2014-15 season per NCAA transfer rules, but the case of former Pitt guard Trey Zeigler raises the question of whether or not Georgia Tech should consider applying for a waiver on Heath’s behalf. Zeigler transferred to Pitt in 2012 following the firing of his father at Central Michigan, receiving a waiver to play immediately in a decision that surprised many.
As for Georgia Tech, the addition of Heath gives head coach Brian Gregory some additional depth at the position with Corey Heyward and Travis Jorgenson (he played in just four games due to a torn ACL) being the other options. Solomon Poole was dismissed from the team in early February.
Two weeks ago, South Florida relieved head coach Stan Heath of his duties following a 12-20 (3-15 American Athletic Conference) season.
It comes as no surprise that Heath’s son, Josh, a freshman guard for the Bulls, decided to transfer out of the program. The latest college basketball transfer was reported by Jon Rothstein of CBS Sports on Sunday morning.
The 6-foot-2 guard averaged 2.6 points, 3.6 assists and 1.4 rebounds per game in 17 games, all of which came against American Athletic Conference opponents. Coming out of Tampa Prep (Fla.), Heath held offers from DePaul, Princeton, Georgia Southern, Jacksonville and North Florida before deciding to join his father at USF.
Heath will have three years of eligibility remaining. He will likely get a waiver to play immediately at his new school given that a precedent has been set in previous seasons. Rhode Island fired Jim Baron in 2012. He accepted the Canisius job and his son, Billy, followed him from URI to Canisius and was granted a hardship waiver, allowing him to play in the 2012-2013 season. The same thing occurred the previous season, when Central Michigan fired Ernie Zeigler. His son, Trey, received immediate eligibility when he transferred to Pitt.
South Florida is still in search of a head coach after the deal with Manhattan head coach Steve Masiello had to be axed after a background check revealed he had never received a degree from the University of Kentucky. UNLV head coach Dave Rice was being targeted, but Rice is in the process of getting an extension from the Runnin’ Rebels.
Stan Heath was fired after seven seasons with the Bulls.