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Lots of links before the weekend ...



Lots of short notes to catch up on before the weekend, so here you go ...

-- I'm late with this, but former USF standout Jeff Baisley had a promising spring with the Oakland Athletics. He was sent down to the team's minor-league camp on Tuesday, but only after hitting .600 -- that's 6-for-10 -- in spring training. A promising start for Baisley, who could make it back to Oakland this season if he continues to hit the ball as well as he has since his Bulls days.

-- Basketball recruiting update: Power forward Maurice Sutton of Upper Marlboro, Md., helped Largo High to its state championship game, getting six blocks in a semifinal win Thursday night. A few junior college prospects are playing in their national tournaments, like Gary Flowers of Chipola and Zvonko Buljan of Vincennes in Hutchinson, Kansas, and Jeremie Simmons of Mott in the Division II juco nationals.  And Stan Heath isn't just recruiting seniors this spring -- according to the Orlando Sentinel, USF is only the second school to offer a scholarship to junior Keith Clanton, a 6-foot-8 forward from Orlando Christian Prep.

-- Got an update on former USF running back Ricky Ponton, who transferred in January to Georgia Southern and has made a quick impression on coaches there in his first spring, according to the Times and Democrat in Georgia.

-- Remember Stephanie Sarosi? Highly touted as a recruit, she struggled as a freshman at USF last season and transferred to Division II Nova Southeastern, where she's had a big year, averaging 19.2 points and 9.8 rebounds as player of the year in the Sunshine State Conference. Again, success there and success in the Big East are two different challenges.

-- More Seth Greenberg linkage: the Roanoke Times has a feature on one of his longtime assistants, Ryan Odom (Dave's son), who got his start at USF in 1996 as an administrative assistant.

-- At least one writer believes that USF guard Dominique Jones is among the top 10 freshmen in college basketball this season -- No. 6, no less. Then again, he has Jones playing for "SFU" and doesn't have Memphis' Derrick Rose among his top 10 freshmen. Probably just an oversight, but a pretty big one.

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