Bulls might be match for Lackawanna guard
Another new name to introduce from USF's basketball recruiting efforts -- one possibility for the combo guard Stan Heath is looking for is Shedrick "Showtyme" Haynes, a 6-foot, 185-pound guard from Bradenton who will play this season at Lackawanna College in Scranton, Pa.
Haynes was a two-sport star at Palmetto High, playing alongside current USF football walk-on Mistral Raymond, and he finished high school at Sarasota Booker. He played last season at Manatee Community College, where he averaged 12.5 points, 4.0 assists and 2.3 steals per game.
He's now at Lackawanna, where coach Mike Netti said Heath will visit him on Sept. 12, following up on two unofficial visits Haynes has made to USF's campus. Netti said USF has not formally offered Haynes yet, and said Haynes needs to show that he can complete his associate of arts degree by the end of spring.
"They're very interested," said Netti, who said USF's proximity to Bradenton puts the Bulls at the top of Haynes' list of schools.
Heath has three scholarships available and would like to sign combo guard for one of those spots. It's hard to know where Haynes ranks on USF's recruiting board at the position, but Netti said the Bulls would be getting a playmaker and leader if Haynes can finish up his academic coursework.
"He's extremely fast, can shoot it from deep and he has big-time intangibles," Netti said. "He's a vocal leader, a high-character guy, like a quarterback on the floor."
We're continuing to make calls and try to track down other players USF is targeting. Coaches are allowed to make their first visits to recruits next week, so we'll try to figure out where else Heath is headed.