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Men's basketball Stan Heath will address the media Tuesday in anticipation of the start of preseason practice Friday night in the Sun Dome, so I figured it's a good time to catch up on a few things ...

-- From an injury standpoint, all players are fully cleared for practice except for junior forward Aris Williams, who hasn't played since December and has been limited has he recovers from January surgery on his right knee. Williams has not been cleared for contact drills but can work out with the team.

-- Minor roster shuffling, as three of last year's walk-ons, Jared Rubens, Bobby Torres and Montana Heirman, are no longer with the team. Guard Eddie Lovett is the lone holdover among the walk-ons, with 6-foot-10 center Mo Esseghir joining the team to provide depth behind Kentrell Gransberry. Rubens, who played four minutes last season, has transferred to Miami, where he won't likely be part of the basketball team. Heath will hold open walk-on tryouts on Sunday, filling the last spots on his roster.

-- No known commitments yet, but I can report that Heath made a personal visit to point guard Damier Pitts last week, following up on an official campus visit Pitts made two weekends ago. Pitts will visit Marshall this weekend and has plans to visit South Carolina before making a decision, likely between those three schools. reported Monday night that Charlotte (N.C.) forward Ken Gabriel, who visited USF with Pitts, opted instead to commit to Auburn.

[Last modified: Thursday, May 27, 2010 11:42am]


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