San Francisco senior PG Cody Doolin opts to leave team for good

Cody Doolin was one of the most reliable point guards at the mid-major level. (USATSI)
Cody Doolin was one of the most reliable point guards at the mid-major level. (USATSI)

Citing "personal reasons," according to the school's press release, San Francisco senior point guard Cody Doolin has decided to stop playing organized basketball.

Doolin is still in school according to USF and is on track to graduate in the spring with a degree in finance.

"I respect Cody's decision to devote more time to other matters in his life that will require his attention away from basketball," Dons coach Rex Walters said in a statement. "Cody has been such a big part of the basketball program since the day he arrived at USF. I want nothing but the best for him and truly appreciate the time, energy and passion he had in his time here. He did great things on and off the court and I know that he will do great things after graduating in the spring. We will miss him and he will always be a USF Don."

It's a very uncommon move for a college basketball senior to up and leave a team on his own accord, let alone one who is so vital for a certain program. Doolin had 103 starts in his career -- every single possible game from freshman year through the Nov. 18 93-90 overtime loss against Idaho State, which appears to be the final game of Doolin's career.

With Doolin and Cole Dickerson, the Dons had one of the better backcourts in the West Coast Conference this year, which appears to be a top-10 league. Through four games this season Doolin was averaging 13 points and 7.0 assists. His 33 points against Nevada on Nov. 15 were the most of his career in one game.

Doolin's exit marks the latest player to jettison the USF program; after the 2011-12 season, San Francisco endured a whopping six players who opted to head elsewhere.

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