Bulls targeting Michigan juco guard
Another new name to add to USF's ever-growing basketball recruiting mix: Jeremie Simmons, a 6-foot-2 guard from Mott Community College in Michigan, who has reportedly picked up a scholarship offer from USF coach Stan Heath this past week.
Simmons, averaging 21.4 points per game, is drawing interest from Tennessee and was recently offered, along with two Mott teammates, by Valparaiso coach Homer Drew. He just led his school to its conference championship over the weekend -- Mott has won 26 straight, this after going 35-3 and winning a junior college national championship last season. Simmons, like another USF target, center Steve Goins, is from Chicago, having played for Von Stueben High and the AAU's Chicago Demons. His coach with the Demons, Vince Carter, said Monday that Simmons is also considering Butler and TCU, but it looks as if USF is his first offer from a major conference.
The other known offers extended to recruits this spring have generally been post players, so this is another signal that Heath may have more scholarships available for this class. Officially, there's only one unclaimed scholarship, though that presumes junior college guard Lasha Parghalava, who committed to the Bulls last fall, will sign as planned.
The question, then, is which underclassmen might not be returning, as several players haven't been involved in the team's recent surge.
Freshman forward Orane Chin played only two minutes in Saturday's win at Rutgers, and since scoring 16 points in USF's first two Big East games, he has totaled 20 points in 14 games since. Redshirt freshman Aaron Holmes hasn't played in USF's last five games and played one scoreless minute in each of the two previous games. Junior forward Aris Williams has not scored in Big East play, and sophomore Amu Saaka hasn't scored more than four points in any of the last 11 games. Even sophomore guard Solomon Bozeman has seen his playing time drop, averaging 13.4 minutes in the last five games after averaging 26.9 in the previous five.
-- USF center Kentrell Gransberry earned second-team all-district honors from the National Association of Basketball Coaches. Division I is split into 15 divisions, and Gransberry was one of 19 Big East players honored. The league had 11 first-team all-district players: Connecticut's A.J. Price and Jeff Adrien, Pittsburgh's Sam Young, Villanova's Scottie Reynolds, Seton Hall's Brian Laing, Syracuse's Donte' Greene and Jonny Flynn, West Virginia's Joe Alexander, Georgetown's Roy Hibbert, Notre Dame's Luke Harangody and Marquette's Dominic James. Four Big East teams were not represented with any all-district players.