Hoops signee Austin headed to junior college
Waverly Austin, a 6-foot-10 center from Virginia who signed with USF in November, won't be part of the Bulls' incoming freshman class and will attend junior college instead.
Austin, who spent the past year at HEAT Academy, a prep school in Virginia, did not qualify academically and has a visit scheduled for today to Harcum College, a junior college in the Philadelphia suburb of Bryn Mawr. USF's coaches have been aware of the possibility for some time, so his absence isn't a surprise -- most of the Bulls' incoming recruits will report to campus this week, with Summer B classes starting a week from today.
Without Austin, USF will enter the season with limited depth in the post, likely with four players -- Gus Gilchrist, Jarrid Famous, Ron Anderson and Toarlyn Fitzpatrick. The Bulls were in the same position last year, and had only two healthy players at times when Gilchrist and senior center Alex Rivas were both injured. Heath said last week that he believes those four players give USF as good a frontcourt as any in the country, so it's unlikely Austin would have played significant minutes this season. He could return to USF in two seasons after earning his Associate of Arts degree.
The Bulls are still hoping to add another guard to their incoming class in former Ole Miss starter Eniel Polynice, who is graduating this summer and would have one year of eligibility with the Bulls. Polynice has not yet decided which school he will attend, but has indicated a preference for USF because of its proximity to his home in Sarasota.