Gilchrist Returns to Bulls, Will Play at CSU

Bulls forward Augustus Gilchrist, USF's top returning scorer from last season who hasn't been with the team since last Friday, has been allowed to return to the men's basketball team, the team announced Friday.

Bulls forward Augustus Gilchrist has been allowed to return to the USF basketball team, Coach Heath announced Friday.

Gilchrist, who was USF's top returning scorer from last season, hasn't been with the team since last Friday. The USF junior didn't travel with the team to Kent State or play in the win over Auburn, with saying it was Gilchrist's decision to step away from the team, and he didn't appear to be in the Bulls future just days ago, until today's announcement.

"Augustus will practice today, but will not play against James Madison on Saturday," said Head Coach Stan Heath. "He has learned a valuable life lesson and I expect him to focus on teamwork and winning at USF."

Gilchrist has played in nine games this season, and even though his numbers have dropped off, he's the team's second leading scorers with 10.7 points and 6.1 rebounds per outing.

"I'm excited to practice today and compete for USF," said Gilchrist. "I let some personal issues get the best of me. I apologize to our team and to our fans."

In three plus seasons with the Bulls, playing 52 games, Gilchrist has averaged 11.4 points and 5.2 rebounds per game. The first game that Gilchrist will be available to play against is at Cleveland State on Dec. 22 in Ohio.

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