Bulls could add 6-11 IMG center in December
Working to find much-needed post depth after losing center Waverly Austin to academic issues, USF coach Stan Heath is close to landing Dan Robinson, a 6-foot-11 center at IMG Academy in Bradenton who could join the Bulls in December.
According to his high school coach, there's a "very strong possibility" that the Bulls get Robinson, who was a full academic qualifier this year but opted to enroll at IMG for a year of prep school to improve his college offers. USF wasn't able to get Robinson enrolled in time for the fall semester, but he can enroll this spring and would be eligible as soon as USF's fall semester ends on Dec. 15, missing only the Bulls' first eight games.
"He's a very impressive kid. Team captain, just a team player, wants to win, wants to get better, works very hard to be successful," said Walt Webb, his coach at Atlantic Shores Christian in Chesapeake, Va., the last two years. Webb said Robinson was recruited by schools like VCU, Temple and Drexel last season.
USF was aware of Robinson because in 2010-11, he was a teammate of current Bulls redshirt freshman Jordan Omogbehin, and the Bulls talked to him last season but hadn't offered a scholarship. Webb said the two players remain good friends, and Omogbehin has "always been in his ear" about playing for the Bulls. At 220 pounds, he would be light for a college center, but Webb said he likely projects as a power forward long-term is working to add bulk to his frame.
Robinson, who could not be reached for comment Wednesday night, averaged about 17 points, 11 rebounds and six blocks a game last season, Webb said, and he would have four nonconference games with the Bulls before the Big East season begins in January. Robinson would not need to play a major role, but would offer another big body in the post, where USF will have 6-8 senior power forwards Toarlyn Fitzpatrick and Kore White as their primary players, with the 7-3 Omogebehin coming off the bench. Junior forward Victor Rudd will have more minutes at power forward as well.
The Bulls were left scrambling for help in the paint after announcing this week that Austin, one of the nation's top junior college recruits, had been ruled ineligible at USF despite earning his AA degree and being a full NCAA qualifier. All signs point to him playing this season at Oregon, though no official confirmation has been made; the Ducks don't start fall classes until mid-September.