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NCAA draw could help UConn locally



Could the NCAA bracket impact USF's recruiting efforts? Connecticut, competing with the Bulls on key recruits as much as any school, has its opening weekend here in Tampa, which can't hurt the Huskies' recruiting efforts on two Tampa-area prospects they're pursuing, Hillsborough Community College's Keith Brumbaugh and IMG Academy's Teeng Akol.

The Huskies have top-flight guards lined up for their incoming class, but no big men yet, and the question of available playing time in the post will ultimately hinge on whether center Hasheem Thabeet chooses to leave early for the NBA Draft. It's now one month until the spring signing period begins, with many of the top junior college prospects still busy with the national  tournaments this week ...

I can confirm, too, that Chicago Curie center Steve Goins -- another Bulls recruit considering Connecticut -- did not make his official campus visit as scheduled. I haven't been able to reach Goins or his coaches, but did get him on the phone, and he told them the visit was postponed because this is USF's spring break. (As if the week with no classes was some late-breaking development). This is the second time a visit has been scheduled, then shelved, which could point to a few different things. We'll have more in the next day or two ...

-- No sweep for baseball, which got strong starting pitching from Matt Quevedo -- six scoreless innings -- but gave up two runs in the eighth inning to fall 3-2 to Seton Hall. Pretty much knew that was happening when I put the time into researching USF's all-time longest winning streaks this morning.

-- Softball coach Ken Eriksen doesn't let many good pitchers get out of this area, but LSU's Dani Hofer is certainly one of them. She struck out 16 Bulls in eight innings, and USF's Courtney Mosch still stuck with her into the eighth, holding No. 10 LSU to one run through seven. Big home run by JoJo Medina, but it wasn't enough to beat the Tigers. Freshman Capri Catalano follows with a complete-game three-hit shutout against Fordham, with Medina hitting another home run in the 7-0 win. Softball's 21-10 now.

-- USF commitment Adaris Bellamy, the running back from Dunedin, was invited to a "Football University" camp in Orlando this weekend. Instructors include Steve DeBerg, Brian Mitchell, Andre Rison and other former NFL players. The camp's promotions folks might send along a photo Monday ...

[Last modified: Thursday, May 27, 2010 12:16pm]


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