Center Rivas-Sanchez commits to Bulls
USF coach Stan Heath has added a fifth member to his incoming recruiting class, getting an oral commitment Wednesday from Alejandro "Alex" Rivas-Sanchez, a 6-foot-10, 230-pound center from Pratt Community College in Kansas.
Rivas-Sanchez, who was also being recruited by Baylor, Nebraska, West Virginia and Texas A&M, is a strong rebounder and shot-blocker. He averaged 8.7 points, 12.1 rebounds and 3.1 blocks per game at Pratt. His coach at Pratt, Trevor Rolfs, estimated that Rivas-Sanchez only played at 70 percent strength because of a stress fracture in his leg, noting that Rivas-Sanchez still earned second-team all-conference honors based on his defense and shot-blocking.
Rivas-Sanchez, born in the Dominican Republic, is expected to sign with the Bulls in the next week. He joins center Gene Teague, power forward Eladio Espinosa and point guard Dwan McMillan, who will all enroll this fall, as well as guard Mike Mercer, who transferred to USF from Georgia in January.
The Bulls could add another recruit to the class in the next few days as Gaby Belardo, a 6-foot-3 combo guard from Puerto Rico, is expected to visit USF's campus this weekend.