Bulls on short list for Buckeyes point guard
Another midyear transfer for USF men's basketball? The Bulls have had five players join the Bulls at midseason in the past three seasons, and another could join the list next season.
USF is in the mix for Anthony Crater, a freshman point guard at Ohio State who is transferring after playing a limited role in 10 games. Crater is from Flint, Michigan, which is Stan Heath's old backyard, and the Bulls have a scholarship available and an opening for help at point guard.
Jason Smith, his coach at Brewster Academy in New Hampshire, said Crater is "wide-open" and considering as many as 10 schools. This story from Bucknuts.com has USF with Louisville and Tennessee as the schools at the top of his list.
Remember Jeremie Simmons? USF went hard after the junior college standout last season but lost out to the Buckeyes, and he's actually helped the Bulls here. Simmons has earned considerably more playing time than Crater, who had been committed to Ohio State since he was an underclassman in high school. The lack of playing time is why he's bolting. The spring semester starts at USF next week, so he'll have to make a decision in the next week or two.
-- USF's women's basketball team got its 59-point win Sunday against Jackson State without starting guard Alexis Givands, who is away from the team due to personal reasons. Bulls coach Jose Fernandez couldn't say Sunday when or if Givands (7.4 points per game) could return to the team, only that her absence is not academic or disciplinary in any way. Depth has been one of USF's strengths in the Bulls' 12-1 start, so getting Givands back is important with the Big East opener at Marquette this weekend. Without Givands, Fernandez kept supersub Janae Stokes coming off the bench -- she went for 20 on Sunday -- with senior Ashley Sanders getting the starting nod instead.
-- Forgot to mention it during the live blog the other day, but Mitch Emory, the freshman walk-on forward from Cocoa Beach, will not be with Heath's team for the spring semester. He had only played one minute thus far and wouldn't have likely played in Big East games, and Emory is at USF on a Bright Futures scholarship, so he has a higher grade-point average to maintain than most student-athletes.