Bulls hoops working hard to get Famous
If you have a diagnosed problem with puns and headlines, it doesn't help things at all when USF is working hard to line up a visit with a 6-foot-11, 235-pound junior college center named Jarrid Famous.
The Bulls are doing just that, according to Westchester Community College assistant Tyrone Mushatt. You guys might remember Westchester because a 7-footer there, James Smith, told his local newspaper and the Times a few years back that he was accepting a scholarship offer to play for Robert McCullum's Bulls. The only catch? He hadn't been offered a scholarship.
Famous, averaging 25 points and 14 rebounds a game according to Mushatt, certainly seems to be aptly named, and USF has had multiple coaches up to see him play, including head coach Stan Heath and assistant Byron Samuels. Heath saw Famous right after the Bulls played at Connecticut, and the Bulls are on a short list of schools for Famous, along with Seton Hall, Villanova, Missouri and Xavier.
"They're very interested, and they're trying to get him out for a visit as soon as possible," Mushatt said Wednesday.
Famous visited Missouri this week -- here's a writeup on Mike Anderson's pursuit of him -- and has already visited Seton Hall, with Xavier lined up for his next visit. Mushatt said he expects USF to get a visit, with Villanova a possibility for his final visit.
-- As commenter AGW points out, two names we've mentioned in USF basketball recruiting have committed elsewhere. Detroit center DaShonte Riley, a teammate of USF signee Jordan Dumars who had dropped USF from his options a while back, has committed to Syracuse. Here's the story from the Post-Standard. Another name we've mentioned, guard Jason Calliste, committed to Detroit Mercy, but again, USF hadn't recruited him beyond assistants watching him play, with no offer made. With guard Mike Burwell committing to the Bulls, Calliste wasn't a match for USF anymore.