Combo guard Haynes signs with USF basketball
The spring signing period officially started today, and USF men's basketball coach Stan Heath has his first official signee for the spring in Shedrick Haynes, a combo guard from Sarasota who played this season at Lackawanna College in Pennsylvania.
"It's like a dream come true," said Haynes, who finishes classes at Lackawanna on May 6. "My biggest goal was to play in the best conference in college basketball, and I have my family behind me now too. For USF to give me a scholarship, it's made me very happy."
Haynes, who is 6 feet tall, committed to USF back in January, and he'll be a key part of a rebranded Bulls backcourt, which lost senior point guard Chris Howard, senior guard Mike Mercer and junior Dominique Jones, who left early for the NBA draft.
Haynes and freshman LaVonte Dority, who signed in November, will challenge rising junior Anthony Crater for playing time at point guard, and Haynes could get minutes at shooting guard as well, where the Bulls have four other players competing for two spots at guard and small forward.
We'll have more on USF's recruiting class later -- two more junior college standouts, Jawanza Poland and Hugh Robertson, are expected to sign today. The AAU coach for Virginia center Davante Gardner said Tuesday night that he likely will need a few more days before making a decision between USF and Marquette.
UPDATE: USF has confirmed Haynes' signing, as well as Hugh Robertson. I believe the holdup with Poland is just a procedural one -- he's only 19 years old, so he needs to have a parent sign his letter of intent, but sounds like Heath will be able to announce him as part of the class in the next day or two.
(Thanks to Lackawanna College for the signing-day picture of Haynes).