First look: Bulls' new USA jerseys for Brazil trip
Here's your first look at the USA basketball jerseys that USF's men's basketball team will be wearing in the next week as they represent the U.S. in the Pan American University Championships in Brazil. As you can see, there's a tiny USF logo on the jersey front, so the Bulls will be representing the Bulls as well in five games against international competition.
USF's first three games in Salvador are on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, against Colombia, Chile and Brazil. The Bulls get Thursday off, then play two more games next weekend, potentially for the semifinals and championship of the tournament.
USF coach Stan Heath talked with reporters Friday about the tournament ahead -- he said his likely starting lineup will be point guard Anthony Crater, shooting guard Shaun Noriega, power forward Gus Gilchrist and center Jarrid Famous, with Shedrick Haynes, Hugh Robertson and Toarlyn Fitzpatrick battling for the final starting nod. Fitzpatrick would give the Bulls more size, but he's traditionally played at power forward, so the challenge would be in whether he can defend opposing 3s or if the Bulls would have to rely on a zone defense to help out.
Heath said he expects to play 10 players in Brazil, so that should mean plenty of minutes for Ron Anderson in the frontcourt, as well as freshman Lavonte Dority at the point and Mike Burwell on the perimeter.
(Photo courtesy USF, showing Bulls players Mike Burwell and Toarlyn Fitzpatrick in their new USA uniforms.)