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Heath: Visit confirms all fine with Famous

USF basketball coach Stan Heath made a visit to New York on Sunday evening to see incoming junior center Jarrid Famous and was reassured there are no issues to keep the highly touted signee from joining the Bulls in four weeks.

Westchester Community College coach Tyrone Mushatt, who joined Heath for the visit, said the meeting was a "great sitdown," and said any reports of problems between Famous and his future coach were incorrect.

"There didn't have to be any smoothing over. There wasn't any uneasiness," Mushatt said. "He's going to South Florida. He knows I'm saying this. There won't be any confusion."

A report in the Tampa Tribune quoted Westchester assistant Mickey Carey as saying that Famous was asking for a release from the national letter of intent he signed with USF last month, that he was uncomfortable with changes to Heath's coaching staff and a lack of communication since his signing. Famous' father, Jerome, has been adamant that his son will attend USF as planned.

Heath said he has talked regularly with Famous since his signing and has specifically asked him if the departure of assistants Dan Hipsher and Byron Samuels was an issue.

"I can only go by what Jarrid has told me, and the comments that were made (from Carey) were never comments that Jarrid made to me," Heath said Sunday night.

Famous himself has not made any comments throughout the past week, and both coaches said Sunday that he was not feeling well and would not be speaking to reporters. Heath said he looks forward to Famous arriving on campus on June 25 and starting summer classes with the rest of the incoming class.

Famous, 6-foot-11 and 240 pounds, ranked among the top three scorers and rebounders in junior college basketball this past season and chose the Bulls in April over offers from Arizona, Missouri and Seton Hall.

[Last modified: Thursday, May 27, 2010 6:32pm]


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