USF 6-foot-10 center John Egbunu, who set a school freshman rebounding record and made the American Athletic Conference's All-Rookie team, has been granted his release.

The cornerstone of a nationally-lauded 2013 signing class, Egbunu becomes the fifth scholarship player to exit since coach Stan Heath's dismissal in mid March. Walk-on Shemiye McLendon, who averaged nearly 20 minutes last season, isn't expected back either.

The school also announced Tuesday the exit of rising junior guard Javontae Hawkins, whose departure was reported by the Tampa Bay Times on Saturday.

"We appreciate their contributions to our program and wish them the best of luck in their future endeavors," USF executive associate athletic director Barry Clements said in a three-paragraph news release.

Egbunu and Hawkins join forward Zach LeDay, guard Musa Abdul-Aleem and point guard Josh Heath as the Bulls' departures. Counting incoming freshman shooting guards Troy Holston and Dinero Mercurius, USF has eight players on scholarship for the 2014-15 season.

That includes rising senior point guard Anthony Collins, who is set to graduate in May and could be eligible at another school immediately if he transferred. Last week, new Bulls coach Orlando Antigua lauded Collins' efforts in offseason workouts with the new staff.