Big man: 6-9, 300-pound Gardner visiting USF
USF coach Stan Heath should be putting the finishing touches on his recruiting class in the next week, and one target for the Bulls frontcourt is in town this weekend: 6-foot-9, 300-pound Davante Gardner of Suffolk, Va., who would bring considerable size to USF's post.
"It's between South Florida and Marquette," said Ty White, who runs the Petersburg Elite AAU program where Gardner has played the last two years. "Davante is a rare individual with size and athleticism, a great set of hands who can finish inside. He's a guaranteed basket in the low-post area."
Gardner earned first-team all-state honors in Virginia after averaging 23 points, 13 rebounds and two blocks a game as a senior. He helped Kings Fork High to a state title in 2009 and led them to a 24-3 record as a senior. He was also considering Virginia Commonwealth and Ball State before narrowing his choices to the two Big East programs. (You can see him play in this video on Youtube.com -- he's No. 54.)
Heath has another official visit lined up this weekend in Hugh Robertson, the wing from Tallahassee Community College who is committed to sign with the Bulls on Wednesday when the spring signing period begins.
USF already has four scholarship newcomers in place, as center Waverly Austin and point guard LaVonte Dority signed in November, with Robertson and junior college combo guard Shedrick Haynes committed this spring.