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Magnum, U.S.F.?

I've had the theme from "Magnum, P.I." stuck in my head for about 24 hours now. Other things you should know about the possibility that former LSU forward Magnum Rolle might transfer to USF:

-- It's still early in the game. His high school coach from the Bahamas, Darrell Sears, gave me the following schools, in order: USF, Louisiana Tech (where LSU assistant Nikita Johnson is now), Delaware, Wyoming, Marshall, Oral Roberts. He clicks over to the other line, comes back, says to add Fresno State to the list. Sears' main knowledge of USF is from former USF assistant Frank Burnell, who signed some of his players while at Daytona Beach Community College and has remained a friend. Still, Rolle knows Stan Heath from a summer he spent playing AAU ball with the Arkansas Wings in Little Rock, so there's an existing familiarity beyond just Heath's Arkansas teams playing LSU four times in the past two seasons. Seems like an odd list of schools, but it's mostly schools where Sears sees someone he trusts. As for the lack of major-college options, take this comment from Sears however you want: "We don't want to hear from big schools. We've seen that before."

-- Don't think of Rolle as a center. He's 6-foot-10 (6-11 by some listings) but he also weighs 215 pounds. So he's an inch taller than another former LSUer, Kentrell Gransberry, but he's 60 pounds lighter. He's either a skinny power forward with range, or a long small forward who can help rebound. His size and athleticism create a lot of mismatches, and with a year to put on some strength and polish his skills, could be a Big East contributor for the Bulls. "I think he could step in there and help them tremendously," said Sears, who has also coached incoming freshman Orane Chin, which could help the Bulls a bit as well.

-- One player fans can likely scratch off the wish list is Augustus Gilchrist, who had signed with Virginia Tech but announced he wouldn't attend there this fall in the wake of the campus shootings tragedy. Former USF coach Seth Greenberg issued a short statement Wednesday, with two important details: he said Gilchrist is going to prep school for a year and has not requested a release. So he's a player USF had recruited under Robert McCullum and a high school teammate of Bulls point guard Chris Howard, but it looks like he isn't going anywhere, at least for the next year.

-- Baseball draft update: Coach Lelo Prado confirmed Wednesday that he does not expect to get signees Denny Almonte and Rey Navarro, who could be drafted in the top two rounds next week. He did say, however, that junior Daniel Thomas, who underwent shoulder surgery this month, is eligible for a medical redshirt, and while Thomas could be the first Bulls player drafted, Prado is optimistic he'll be back for another season at USF. I talked with another signee, Palm Beach Central's A.J. Regilo, and he said teams have told him he'll be picked in the first 10 rounds. If that happens, he said he'll have a tough decision to make. He reiterated that he'd very much like to play at USF: "It's been my dream to play there. It will depend on the money, but I'd need a lot to get rid of that chance."

[Last modified: Thursday, May 27, 2010 11:28am]


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