Big void: Jackson, Omogbehin won't play in '11-12
When you wait until 9:37 p.m. on a Friday to send out a release, it's not going to be good news, and USF announced Friday that Stan Heath's new big men, junior Andre Jackson and freshman Jordan Omogbehin, won't be playing for the Bulls this season.
Jackson, a 6-foot-11 junior college transfer, didn't meet the NCAA's transfer requirements and won't be attending USF, and Omogbehin was granted an NCAA waiver allowing him to attend classes at USF, but he cannot play this season, so it's a redshirt year for the 7-foot-3 freshman center.
Heath suddenly finds himself with no post depth at all, having lost starting center Jarrid Famous to graduation and with no new players to offset that loss. He'll have seniors Ron Anderson and Augustus Gilchrist for two post spots, with junior Toarlyn Fitzpatrick as the only backup who is a natural power forward. Perhaps one of USF's small forwards -- Vic Rudd, Hugh Robertson or Jawanza Poland -- can get minutes at power forward to spell Gilchrist and Anderson inside.
Omogbehin was potentially headed to Faith Baptist, a prep school in Brandon, so there's a small victory for Heath in having the 330-pound recruit able to practice with the team and work with USF's strength coaches for the next year.
"We are very happy for Jordan," Heath said in a statement. "He is a terrific young man and has a very bright future at USF. Jordan will benefit immensely from redshirting this season. The redshirt year will provide him an opportunity to develop his skills, increase his strength and get acclimated to the college game."
With Jackson gone, Heath now has four scholarships available for his 2012 recruiting class, with the post and forward positions the biggest needs.