TAMPA — Point guard Josh Heath, who started four games as a freshman, was granted his release from the University of South Florida basketball program, according to his father, Stan Heath, who was fired as USF’s head coach on March 14.
The younger Heath, 6-foot-2, will have three years of eligibility remaining. He averaged 2.6 points and 3.4 assists per game, finishing the season with 62 assists and just 27 turnovers.
Heath played in 17 games after seemingly being headed for a redshirt season, but was activated when junior point guard Anthony Collins was sidelined with a knee injury.
Heath was a state championship player for coach Joe Fenlon’s Tampa Prep program and selected as the Tribune’s Hillsborough County Boys Basketball Player of the Year as a junior in 2012.