Hoops recruiting: Scott won't sign early
It's not the news USF had hoped for out of Tallahassee. Dustin Scott, a power forward recently named as the nation's top junior college prospect by Street & Smith, will not be signing during the early signing period, his mother Cathy said Tuesday.
The signing period opens Wednesday, and USF has been a leading candidate to land Scott, along with Virginia Commonwealth. The Jamestown, S.C., native will wait until the spring signing period, his mother said, which likely means more top-tier programs will have a chance to battle the Bulls for his recruitment.
Guard Dominique Jones of Lake Wales confirmed Monday that he'll sign with the Bulls on Wednesday, and coach Robert McCullum is out in front to land two frontcourt prospects from Hillsborough Community College, Kenie Freeman and Ejike Hart. Both are making the decision on whether to sign early or wait until after their seasons, but USF remains the front-runner for both. Freeman and Hart are serving five-game suspensions levied by the NJCAA, but that should not affect their eligibility beyond this initial suspension. HCC coach Derrick Worrels told me their coach at Florida Community College in Jacksonville last year claimed to have paid them a small amount (about $900 each, the difference between the $3,000 stipend they were supposed to receive and the amount they actually received after taxes), but Worrels said the two players never received the supplement, calling it a "horrible injustice." Again, these problems should have no impact on their eligibility for next season, and we'll have more on these two in the next 24 hours in what could be encouraging news for USF basketball ...