Rivas Sanchez 'doubtful' for High Point
USF junior center Alex Rivas Sanchez, who has emerged as a potential starter in the Bulls' first two games, is "doubtful" for Tuesday night's home game against High Point because of a sprained right ankle, coach Stan Heath said Monday.
Sanchez, who had 10 points and nine rebounds in USF's loss at Virginia on Wednesday, sprained his ankle in the closing minutes. He did not practice with the team Monday, but Heath said it's reasonable that he could return for the Bulls' next game on Saturday.
"He played too many minutes," Heath said of the 31-minute effort. "I wish I'd been a little smarter with that, but we needed him out there. If he's healthy, I clearly think he's one of my better big guys, because of his hands and strength, his skills with the game."
Heath said he'll likely have to go with a three-man rotation in the post -- using center B.J. Ajayi and power forwards Aris Williams and Eladio Espinosa. He said he'll also consider using a four-guard lineup, shifting senior Jesus Verdejo into a power forward-type position with three other guards. Ajayi started the first two games, but played only nine minutes against Virginia.
"He's not playing as hard as he needs to play," Heath said. "He's inconsistent with his intensity level. If that changes, he'll play more."