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USC loses third player in a week as Katin Reinhardt intends to transfer

USC loses third player in a week as Katin Reinhardt intends to transfer
USC guard Katin Reinhardt dribbles around Utah's Dakarai Tucker in the second half of a game at the Galen Center on Feb. 1, 2015. (Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)

USC guard Katin Reinhardt intends to transfer, Reinhardt tweeted on Monday.

"I just want to thank the Trojan family for an amazing last few years," he wrote. "I will graduate and transfer to continue my graduate degree."

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Reinhardt is the third USC basketball player to transfer in the last week, joining forwards Malik Martin and Darion Clark. But Reinhardt's comes as the biggest surprise. He started 18 games last season — more than half of USC's season.

Guard Elijah Stewart, who also started 18 games, was more often in the starting lineup late in the season, but Reinhardt logged similar minutes in the sixth-man role. He averaged 11.4 points per game.

Reinhardt's departure could be a reaction to USC's crowded backcourt. Shaqquan Aaron, a transfer from Louisville, is expected to play a significant role next season. USC will also add talented guard recruits Jonah Mathews and De'Anthony Melton, who each could make an impact early.

USC also returns Stewart and starting point guards Jordan McLaughlin and Julian Jacobs.

Reinhardt played his freshman season at Nevada Las Vegas before transferring to USC. In part, he said, he felt like he fit better in USC Coach Andy Enfield's offense.

If Reinhardt graduates, he will be eligible to play his senior season immediately.

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