K-State center, 7-3, may look at USF
We told you last week about Clemson's A.J. Tyler, a 6-foot-9 power forward who is looking to transfer closer to his Pinellas County home. Another potential transfer we'll be keeping an eye on is Jason Bennett, a 7-foot-3 freshman center at Kansas State who is considering a transfer in the wake of Bob Huggins' departure to coach at West Virginia.
Early reports from K-State mentioned that Bennett was interested in moving closer to home, and Rex Morgan, his high school coach at Jacksonville's Arlington Country Day, said Monday that USF would be a school Bennett would consider if he chooses to transfer.
"He liked Coach (Stan) Heath when he was at Arkansas. I know early on, he considered playing for him, so I think it would be a situation he'd look into," Morgan said.
Bennett played sparingly at K-State, getting 1.9 points and 2.6 rebounds per game, but his size is obviously a rare asset on a college campus. Morgan reiterated that Bennett is only pondering a transfer at this point and is focused on keeping his grades in good shape to allow such a move. Morgan hasn't talked with Heath since he got the USF job, but said he has talked with former Bulls assistant Frank Burnell, who continues to make calls on USF's behalf as Heath chooses his staff. Morgan said that if Bennett were to seek a release so he could speak to other schools, his understanding of K-State's policies is that the school would not grant such a release until the end of the spring semester, which is May 11.
Again, Heath only has three scholarships available this spring, and he's said his preference would be to find recruits who can help him this spring. But in the absence of that, or with a special player, Heath said he'd make an exception and consider taking on a transfer. Expect more basketball news early this week, both in Heath completing his staff and a potential signing from forward Orane Chin of Miramar, who made a campus visit this weekend.