Jones invited to World University Games camp
Here's the potential for global exposure: USF guard Dominique Jones is one of 17 players who have been invited to Colorado next month to compete for spots on the United States' team in the World University Games, which will be in Serbia in July.
Jones, a 6-foot-4 guard from Lake Wales who has been the Bulls' leading scorer in each of the last two seasons, will go to Colorado Springs for the national team's training camp June 16-24, competing for 12 spots on the final U.S. roster. The World University Games will feature teams from 24 countries competing in Belgrade, Serbia, from July 2-12.
USA Basketball has only confirmed 15 of the 17 players, but it's a strong group, including three other Big East players: West Virginia's Da'Sean Butler, Villanova's Corey Fisher and Marquette's Lazar Hayward.
There's actually a history between USF and the World University Games: Chucky Atkins made the U.S. team in 1995, as did Curtis Kitchen in 1985.
-- Can't really completely defuse things until you see a direct quote from junior college center Jarrid Famous, who was reported by the Tampa Tribune as trying to get out of his signed national letter of intent to USF, but here's an update.
We quoted Famous' father, Jerome, as saying Tuesday that his son is coming to USF as intended, and conversations with Westchester Community College head coach Tyrone Mushatt and USF coach Stan Heath corroborate that.
Heath, who plans to visit Famous on Sunday, said he has spoken with Famous since Tuesday's report and the signee said that Westchester assistant Mickdoil "Mickey" Carey was not speaking on his behalf.
"Jarrid said he's not going to get involved with talking in the media, but he said 'Coach Mickey does not speak for me,' " Heath said.