Belardo leaves USF

USF coach Stan Heath gained a scholarship opening Tuesday with the announcement that freshman guard Gaby Belardo will transfer schools.

In his 18 games on the court last season, Belardo averaged less than one point per game.

With Belardo’s departure, USF has three open scholarships, and Heath said he’s looking to fill them all for next season.

“You hate to lose anybody in your program, but Gaby has to go where he wants and do what’s best for him,” he said. “We want to find some guys now that can fit into our team.”

Westchester Community College 6-foot-11 center Jarrid Famous visited USF last weekend. Heath said three more players will visit campus this weekend.

The Bulls will lose two post players: forwards Aris Williams and B.J. Ajayi, who will graduate at the end of this semester. Heath said he’s looking to strengthen that area.

“That’s absolutely where we need guys — that’s where we’re going to go (with recruiting),” he said. “We need to add talent and depth to that position.”