Heath: Bulls need more from Famous vs. UCF
USF's men's basketball team is still trying to figure out how to play winning basketball without injured forward Gus Gilchrist, but coach Stan Heath said Tuesday that he needs more from junior center Jarrid Famous, who totaled five points and one rebound during USF's loss Sunday to Central Michigan.
"I don't think we saw the true Jarrid Famous in the last game," Heath said in his weekly news conference, which can be seen at GoUSFbulls.com. "I think Jarrid wasn't in the game for some reason. It was by far his worst game of the year, but one (game) of out eight, I think that's a pretty fair ratio. ... He's got to be more aggressive, has to create. There's just no excuse. You can't play 32 minutes and get one rebound. A dead man can almost get that too. He knows that. He apologized to his team and to me. I don't want all the responsibility on him -- it was across the board. It wasn't just him. I do know Jarrid is capable of producing more points and rebounds than he had in the last game."
The Bulls face Central Florida on Wednesday night in the Sun Dome, and Heath said his team has spent the past three days trying to "reconfigure" its lineup, perfecting a four-guard attack. The Bulls have a difficult month ahead, with Gilchrist likely sidelined by a severe ankle sprain until late January, center Alex Rivas out until around that time recovering from leg surgery and point guard Anthony Crater facing a suspension for violating team rules that will delay his arrival until "sometime in January."
"We want to try to weather the storm until we get all our healthy bodies back," Heath said. "Sometime in mid to late January we could have three really great bodies out there helping us."
The Bulls took a close loss to Central Michigan, and Heath said his team would have win without Gilchrist, but that excuse won't help them for the next five weeks or more.
"Gus plays, we win. It's pure and simple," Heath said. "He's bringing 20 and 7, so if he has half what he does, we win the game, no doubt about it. But he's not with us, so there's nothing we can do. We're shorthanded. You take any really good player off a basketball team, it makes a huge difference. It leaves a void. ... It's hard playing with a short deck, but it is what it is. We're trying to get back on the tright track. Nobody's going to feel sorry for us."