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Lots to get to in the next two days, leading up to an overloaded weekend of key games in several sports -- we'll blog live from the men's basketball opener against SMU on Friday night, and will try to get updates on volleyball's key home game, as well as the Big East semifinals for USF against Notre Dame. Saturday brings football against Rutgers and the women's opener against Central Connecticut State. Want incredibly lofty expectations? Bay News 9's Rock Riley writes that USF's men's basketball team will be "the Rays of this hoops season." More notes ...

-- I answered five questions from the Newark Star-Ledger's site about Saturday's USF-Rutgers game. And yes, that ancient, supergrainy enlarged mug shot might have been what finally had our web folks give in and update my pic on the blog. Woohoo!

-- Big news for George Kiefer's soccer team on the eve of the Bulls hosting the Big East semifinals and championships this weekend. reports that Malcolm Manswell, a top recruit from Maryland who is on Trinidad and Tobago's national under-17 team, will play for the Bulls next season. Kiefer's had a great history of players from Trinidad & Tobago.

-- Jose Fernandez will likely announce today a six-member recruiting class that should help offset the graduation of four starters from this year's team. The sixth member of the class is Aleshia Flowers, a 6-foot forward from Judson High in Converse, Texas, near San Antonio. She's rated as the No. 53 forward in the nation according to, and chose the Bulls over smaller schools like Missouri State and South Alabama. Flowers averaged 12 points and seven rebounds per game last season, but will miss the first six weeks of this season with a broken bone in her foot. "She has a big upside. She has not reached her full potential," Judson coach Pam Owens said Thursday. "She works hard, is a very good athlete. She plays inside for us, but we're working on her outside game." Judson went 26-9 last season, and Owens said she has another major-college recruit in 5-foot-9 junior guard Ciara McLee, who is drawing interest from big schools like Oklahoma.

-- Remember Scottie Williams? He was the linebacker from Ole Miss who visited USF at the end of two-a-days and expressed an interest in transferring to the Bulls. You guys had asked for an update on him in the last chat, and I finally tracked down his phone number -- too many notepads piled up in my car. Anyhow, his father Marshall said Wednesday that Scottie is now at Southern Miss, where one of the assistants at Mississippi is now coaching. He'll sit out this season and will have three years of eligibility with the Golden Eagles. Linebacker remains a huge priority for the Bulls in this recruiting class. ...

-- Interesting note from Detroit Country Day School, where USF got guard Jordan Dumars as part of Stan Heath's recruiting class. Heath had also tried to get power forward Donnavan Kirk from DCDS, and while he made a visit to USF, he opted to sign with Miami. So the coach at DCDS mentioned Wednesday that his big man, 6-foot-11 center DaShonte Riley, a Georgetown commitment since May, decided at the last minute not to sign with Georgetown. Riley is ranked among the top 20 centers in the country, and the recruiting sites have him with offers from big schools like Kansas, Ohio State, Michigan State and more. Would that open up a door for USF? The Bulls certainly have a need for a center, and Heath has strong ties in Detroit and the advantage of having one of his teammates signed for next season. Not saying it's likely to happen by any means, but it's an intriguing possibility.

[Last modified: Thursday, May 27, 2010 1:14pm]


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