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It's official: Center Famous signs with USF

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No need to worry, Bulls fans: Jarrid Famous, the coveted 6-foot-11 junior college center who committed to USF on Sunday night, has made it official, signing a national letter of intent Thursday with the Bulls.

Famous, who chose USF over offers from Arizona, Missouri and Seton Hall, was one of the best post players in junior college basketball, averaging in the top three nationally in scoring and rebounding. He'll have two years of eligibility at USF, giving the Bulls their best frontcourt presence since Kentrell
Gransberry led the Big East in rebounding in back-to-back seasons from 2006-07.

"Jarrid fills a major void and adds someone to our front line with rebounding and scoring, and gives us a 7-foot presence we haven't had in the past," coach Stan Heath said in a statement. "More than just his talent, I feel his intensity and determination to win will greatly benefit our team."

Famous hadn't signed in the three days since committing, but that was more a logistical issue because his head coach at Westchester, Winston Nicholas, died Monday morning after a yearlong battle with pancreatic cancer. With the paperwork complete, we should have comments from USF coach Stan Heath later for the first time later today.

Famous is the fifth member of Heath's incoming class, along with point guard Anthony Crater and shooting guards Jordan Dumars, Shaun Noriega and Mike Burwell Jr. Heath could be adding a sixth signee in the next 24 hours, as he's expected to meet Thursday night with King forward Toarlyn Fitzpatrick, who has said he will accept a scholarship to USF if offered. Fitzpatrick had signed with Georgia Southern in November but was granted a release from his national letter of intent following a coaching change there.

[Last modified: Thursday, May 27, 2010 6:19pm]

    

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