Juco standout Poland chooses Bulls, after all
Jawanza Poland, the junior college shooting guard who committed to USF two weeks ago only to re-open his commitment, said Sunday night that he's made up his mind to sign with the Bulls.
"I'm going to go to the University of South Florida. It's a good situation for me to go to. This is a done deal," said Poland, a 6-foot-5 guard who will have three years of eligibility at USF.
Poland, rated as one of the top junior college recruits at his position, said he had lined up a visit to Cincinnati last weekend, but decided not to go, and then got a visit from USF coach Stan Heath on Monday. He said his indecision two weeks ago was about him wanting to reaffirm his choice before making it official with a signing.
"I just wanted to make sure," said Poland, who also considered Oklahoma and Wichita State, which would have been closer to his family's home in Wichita. "My family and I wanted to make sure we were on the same page."
Poland said USF has been recruiting him the longest of his final schools, and he'll have an opportunity to make an immediate impact next year. With guards Mike Mercer and Dominique Jones departing, the Bulls have openings at shooting guard and small forward, and Poland and fellow junior college signee Hugh Robertson will compete with returning sophomores Mike Burwell and Shaun Noriega for playing time, along with incoming combo guard Shedrick Haynes.
Poland will be the fifth member of Heath's incoming recruiting class -- the Bulls are still in contention for Virginia center Davante Gardner, a 6-foot-9, 280-pound high school senior who is choosing between USF and Marquette.