Here you go: Basketball recruiting update ...

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March

With basketball season over for USF, recruiting moves to the forefront as Stan Heath works to make the most of the spring signing period, which begins April 16. Hard to say how many scholarships he has to play with in the next month, but the Bulls are all over the place, in play for as many as 10 recruits. And that's just the ones I'm aware of ...

I'll start with Hillsborough Community College standout Keith Brumbaugh, probably the name you'd hear most atop the wish list of Bulls basketball fans. HCC coach Derrick Worrels said he spoke with Heath on Tuesday, and USF is trying to get Brumbaugh lined up for a visit. He hasn't scheduled any to any schools. Here's the thing with Brumbaugh: USF's primary competition isn't Connecticut and Charlotte, the other two schools recruiting him hardest. It's the NBA. Worrels said Brumbaugh is weighing whether to enter the NBA Draft, something he nearly did out of DeLand High School. He's trying to get a sense as to whether he'd be a second-round pick or a free-agent signee, whether he'd likely spend a rookie season deep on an NBA bench, or getting more minutes in the NBA's developmental league. So right now, the decision he's making isn't where to go to college, it's whether to go to college. He was torn with this out of high school and ultimately chose the college route. (The Grizzlies were at HCC on Tuesday, asking about Brumbaugh, who plays this weekend in a Florida-Georgia junior college all-star game in Jacksonville.)

Brumbaugh likes USF and Heath, and recognizes that Tampa is a place where he's been able to play basketball and stay out of trouble. There's a mutual interest here -- when Brumbaugh played his final game at HCC, USF's Kentrell Gransberry and other players were watching in the stands; when USF finished its season against Notre Dame on Saturday, Worrels said Brumbaugh was there watching.

Another big target for USF, Chicago Curie center Steve Goins, is expected to make his official campus visit this weekend, according to Curie assistant Larry Wallace. Goins had once been scheduled for the previous weekend, but this coincides with his spring break. Connecticut is trying to set up a visit with Goins, who plans on visiting Texas-Corpus Christi the following week, according to Wallace.

If there's a prep big man USF seems to covet as much as Goins, it looks to be Maurice Sutton, a 6-foot-10, 190-pound power forward from Largo High in Upper Marlboro, Md., east of Washington, D.C., and near Andrews Air Force Base.

Largo coach Lewis Howard said Heath made a visit last week -- the Bulls are in the mix, as well as Kentucky, Seton Hall, Villanova, Marquette and Boston College. Sutton has Largo in the state semifinals for the second year in a row -- they play Thursday night in the Comcast Center, and Howard he expects USF to have a coach there then as well. Sutton is averaging 18 points and 13 rebounds a game and close to a triple-double with his blocks. Of all the recruits USF is in on, he seems to have the most impressive list of competing schools.

An update on Jeremie Simmons, the coveted guard from Mott CC in Flint, Michigan: Heath was there Friday and is trying to line up a campus visit. Mott coach Steve Schmidt, who has known Heath since he was a Michigan State assistant, said USF got in on Simmons later than other schools but is fighting for him and "very interested." The leader looks to be Butler, which is the only school he's lined up a visit for. Tennessee is trying to move in, as are Alabama, George Mason and Dayton. Mott is playing in the national junior college tournament in Danville, Ill., which starts a week from today.

Another name on USF's radar, but seemingly less so than others we've mentioned: Alex Rivas-Sanchez, a 6-foot-10, 235-pound center at Pratt Community College in Kansas. Talked to his coach there, Trevor Rolfs, and he said USF assistant Byron Samuels has been recruiting Rivas-Sanchez, who in turn is interested in USF, as well as Pittsburgh and Florida Atlantic. He's from the Dominican Republic and likes the idea of living in a warm climate, Rolfs said. Rivas-Sanchez is more of a defensive center, averaging 9.0 points and 12.5 rebounds a game. "He's a shot blocker, really bouncy, runs the floor very well," Rolfs said.

One name that shows up on Rivals.com's USF database -- but doesn't seem to be on the Bulls' radar -- is Michael Selling, a power forward from American River CC in California. His coach there said he hadn't heard from USF in some time and wasn't aware of any USF coaches attending Selling's games. His top choices are Northern Arizona, Chaminade, Seattle and Texas-San Antonio, so scratch him off your list.

USF remains on the short list for College of Southern Idaho forward Juan Pattillo, another potential impact signee -- a story in Wednesday's Twin Falls Times-News lists his options as "South Florida, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Arizona, Ole Miss and Colorado State."

All this, and we haven't touched on Teeng Akol or Freddy Asprilla or Gary Flowers or Zvonko Buljan, all of which are still uncommitted and being mentioned with USF. Lots of names in play here in the next month, so we'll be busy keeping track of everybody ...

[Last modified: Thursday, May 27, 2010 12:15pm]

    

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