USF men's basketball coach Rex Walters confirmed Thursday that six players, including starters Perris Blackwell and Michael Williams, are transferring out of the program.
Reserves Justin Raffington, Charles Standifer, Khalil Murphy and Avery Johnson will also transfer, Walters confirmed.
"You hate to see guys leave but they all have very good reasons," Walters said. "We support them with their reasoning."
Blackwell's plan to transfer out had already been made public by his AAU coach, Keith Howard. Blackwell, a 6-foot-9, 240-pound forward from Etiwanda, earned All-West Coast Conference honorable mention honors this season for averaging 12.7 points and 6.1 rebounds per game.
Williams earned all-conference honors in 2011, and averaged 11.1 points per game as a junior this season. Of the other four players, Johnson and Raffington saw the most playing time off the bench.
"It's part of our society now, I think," Walters said. "If you look at the transfer rate at high schools, its pretty high. If you look at the transfer rate on AAU teams, it's 50 percent. It doesn't diminish what these six guys helped us accomplish. We support them."
Together with the graduation of seniors Angelo Caloiaro, Jay Wey (both Archbishop Mitty graduates) and Rashad Green, the Dons will return just six players for the 2012-13 season. Point guard Cody Doolin will be the only starter returning.
"I'm going to continue to think about them and what they helped us achieve," Walters said. "But we're going to move forward. We have to."