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Center Ajayi signs with Bulls

Making Tuesday's news of an oral commitment official, USF announced the signing Wednesday of Palm Beach Community College center Mobolaji "B.J." Ajayi to a national letter of intent, making him the third member of this year's incoming recruiting class.

Ajayi, 6-foot-9 and 225 pounds, is expected to be USF's top backup to center Kentrell Gransberry, but coach Stan Heath said Ajayi is versatile enough to contribute at the forward position as well.

“Mobolaji adds both size and athleticism to our front line,” Heath said in a statement.  “He is a versatile player who can play either forward position, as well as center. ... Mobolaji is a strong rebounder and has the ability to defend multiple positions. He has also shown the ability to score around the basket and knock down a mid-range jumper."

Ajayi joins guard Dominique Jones and forward Orane Chin, both freshmen, in next year's class. He'll have two years of eligibility at USF after he completes classes this summer at PBCC. His junior college coach hadn't expected the paperwork to be completed today, but because USF received it Wednesday, he signs a binding LOI instead of a non-binding grant-in-aid. Heath said Wednesday that he intends to use one of the two remaining scholarships this spring, carrying the other over to be used in next year's recruiting class.

In other basketball news, former USF coach Robert McCullum said he is not interested in a job as an assistant coach on Leonard Hamilton's staff at Florida State. His name has been reported as a possibility there, and while McCullum and Hamilton are close friends who talk regularly, McCullum said he hasn't talked about the job with Hamilton and doesn't intend to pursue it.

[Last modified: Thursday, May 27, 2010 11:26am]


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