Lake Wales' Jones commits to USF hoops
USF coach Robert McCullum has his first oral commitment of the recruiting season, getting a pledge over the weekend from Dominique Jones, a 6-foot-3, 200-pound combo guard from Lake Wales. Lots more to follow on this one ...
Jones can help the Bulls at both guard positions -- he has played primarily the point in summer play with the Florida Elite AAU team, but also has the scoring ability to play shooting guard in the Big East. He's being reported as light as 175 pounds, but if anything his thickness and strength are a major asset for USF's backcourt. Even with all of USF's guards except former walk-on Chris Capko expected to return for the 2007-08 season, Jones can be an impact player in improving the Bulls' backcourt.
The Bulls also got an official visit this weekend from Dustin Scott, a 6-foot-8, 215-pound forward from Tallahassee Community College, but Scott has not made a decision yet. He has offers from Georgia, Maryland, Arizona State, Oklahoma and UNLV, among others, according to TCC coach Eddie Barnes, but his two schools he's considering most are Virginia Commonwealth and USF. VCU has former Gators assistant Anthony Grant as coach, but the Bulls are in strong position for a player whose versatility -- as both a strong rebounder and a perimeter shooting threat -- creates all kinds of mismatches defensively. Signing him would be a major step to offsetting the upcoming losses of senior forwards Melvin Buckley and McHugh Mattis.
-- Have lots of football to get to, left over from Friday night. On a personal note -- WOOHOO!!!! -- I'm happy to report that the USF-UNC game has been moved to a noon kickoff. That means hours -- hours! -- of time before I have to file a game story. Closely contested night games are exciting, yes, but not as much fun when you file to write a game story the moment a game ends. Challenge all the calls you want, go quadruple overtime, let the halftime show go a half hour. That week, I don't mind. Again, to repeat, WOOHOO!!!