TORONTO, Ont. — Kareem South (Toronto, Ont.) is heading to the West Coast.
After four seasons with the Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Islanders in the Southland Conference, South opted to transfer from the program at the end of the 2018-19 season. Highly coveted on the transfer market, South had his fair share of suitors vying for his services on the court for his final year of eligibility.
When all was said and done, South made his decision on Friday afternoon on his Twitter account.
For the 2019-20 season, South will take his talents to the Pac-12 Conference and play for Head Coach Mark Fox and the California Golden Bears as a graduate transfer.
South took to Twitter this afternoon to announce his decision to the basketball community.
South joined the Islanders back in the 2015-16 season. However, his freshman season was cut short due to injury, and he played in just five games. He received a waiver that gave him the year of eligibility back, and over the last three seasons, South has emerged as a talented scorer in the NCAA.
In 2016-17, South’s first full season in the NCAA, he averaged 29.0 minutes per game over 36 appearances in the regular season and post-season. South averaged 9.0 points per game while shooting 41.8% from the floor and 36.2% from three-point range. He was a key cog in the Islanders’ run through the post-season, en route to the CollegeInsider.com Tournament title game.
As his career progressed, South’s numbers improved with each passing year. As a junior last season, South led the Islanders in scoring with a career-best 13.8 points per game average. His 5.1 rebounds, 2.0 assists, and 1.3 steals were all career highs for the Canadian guard.
Over the course of his redshirt junior season, South recorded double-digit points on 21 occasions. He had a stretch where he posted six straight games in double figures from January 19th through to February 9th. South posted at least 20 points in seven of those 21 contests.
In South, the Golden Bears are getting a guard who can score at all three levels on offense. In his three full seasons at Texas A&M-CC, South shot at least 41.3% from the floor and 36.2% from beyond the arc each year. He can be a bit streaky at times on offense, but his experience and shooting touch from long range make him an intriguing piece to the rotation for California this season.
The Golden Bears went just 3-15 in conference play a season ago, and they finished the year with an overall record of 8-23.
– T. Bennett