Juco point guard English to sign with Bulls
"I'm so overwhelmed. It's very exciting. It's a blessing," said English, who chose the Bulls over West Virginia, Arizona, St. John's and UTEP. "It's been a long journey, but I'm finally getting there."
English, a 5-foot-6 sophomore at Cowley County Community College in Kansas, led Gulf to a 54-4 record as a sophomore and junior. With USF's starting guards graduating this season, she'll have a chance to compete for a starting role next season.
"She's just a playmaker," Cowley coach Todd Clark said. "She can really create her own shot whenever she needs to. I think the biggest thing with South Florida was that it's close to home, close to her family. That's really important to her."
English, an honorable mention all-state selection as a high school junior, played last season at Daytona Beach Community College, where she averaged 7.6 assists per game, ranking among the top 10 in junior college. She said her strengths are "passing and penetrating ... I can pass anytime, anywhere."
The chance to come home was her biggest draw to USF, but the opportunity to play in the Big East is something she's wanted since high school.
"That's the best competition I could ask for," she said. "And that's home for me at USF. I'm here in Kansas, far away from home. I want my family to be able to see me play as much as possible."
English did not play her senior year of high school after the FHSAA ruled she had been illegally recruited from Gulf to Orlando Christian Prep, which was fined $10,000 and banned from postseason play through 2010 for recruiting violations involving two players.
She's the seventh member of Jose Fernandez's incoming class, and the Bulls still have two scholarships available for the spring signing period.
(photo courtesy of Cowley County Community College)