K-State forward Ron Anderson signs with Bulls
"I feel like we're about to make history, and I'm excited to be a part of it," said Anderson, who will sit out the 2009-10 season and have two years of eligibility at USF. "They have a great group of guys, and I love the coaching staff. We really hit it off together."
Anderson said he chose the Bulls after also visiting Temple and Pepperdine. He becomes the seventh member of Stan Heath's incoming recruiting class and the second transfer, following Ohio State point guard Anthony Crater, who joined the Bulls in January.
Anderson averaged 5.2 points and 5.3 rebounds per game last season while playing 18 minutes per game off the Kansas State bench. Anderson's father, Ron Anderson Sr., played 10 years in the NBA with five different teams; his godfather was NBA star Waymon Tisdale, who died last month.
Anderson said he hopes to use the next year to improve his game and put himself in position to be an impact player for the Bulls in 2010.
"I want to expand everything. I want to be a completely different player when I come back," Anderson said. "I'm just happy I'm able to find a place I can call home. I'm really excited about that."
Heath still has one scholarship available for this incoming class, and would likely use it on a frontcourt player who can give the Bulls more depth there, following power forward Eladio Espinosa's decision to transfer to Marshall last month.
-- Heath has joined the throng of Bulls coaches on Twitter.com -- follow him at twitter.com/coach_heath. That leaves baseball coach Lelo Prado as arguably the biggest coach at USF not tweeting. We'll use this as an opportunity to encourage more of you to follow this blog's counterpart at Twitter.com.
-- Baseball note: First baseman Todd Brazeal and shortstop Sam Mende have been honored as Louisville Slugger Freshman All-Americans, two of four Big East players honored.
Brazeal was second among the Bulls hitters with 50 RBIs, and hit .348 as a freshman with 15 doubles. Mende hit .319 with 37 RBIs and 41 runs and saved his best baseball for the Big East tournament, where he went 11-for-17 with a team-high six RBIs, making the all-tournament team.