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Roster update: USF hoops adds Hofstra transfer

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Looking forward to getting an updated USF football roster -- new numbers, which walk-ons from spring made the fall 105, any summer attrition, etc. -- but in the meantime, we have an updated Bulls men's basketball roster, highlighted by the arrival of a solid walk-on in Hofstra transfer Shemiye McLendon, a 6-foot-3 shooting guard who averaged 5.4 points per game for the Pride last season.

He's from Vero Beach and also played at IMG in Bradenton, so it's another Florida kid deciding to come back home. Read his Hofstra bio, and you'll see he brings more than most walk-ons -- had 13 points against VCU last season, had a knack for clutch free throws late in games. USF is already overloaded at the two guard, what with Musa Abdul-Aleem, Jawanza Poland, Shaun Noriega and JaVontae Hawkins all competing for minutes, so he even if he is eligible to play this season, it might make sense to redshirt him.

We have new heights and weights, and here's one way junior Victor Rudd has improved his NBA stock -- he's gone from 6-7, 221 last season to being listed at 6-9 and 229, impressive growth for a 21-year-old. Speaking of getting bigger, when center Waverly Austin signed with USF out of high school, he was listed at 6-10, 250 -- on today's roster, he's now 6-11 and 275. Freshman center Jordan Omogbehin, who has been limited as he recovers from knee surgery in the past year, went from being listed at 291 last fall to 334 pounds now.

More weight changes: Noriega added 10 pounds to 207, Poland added four to 204. And yes, Toarlyn Fitzpatrick is listed at 6-foot-8 1/2. (I should know how to make the 1/2 character by now). Not 6-8, not 6-9. Here's to honesty.

There's more fun nuggets to be gleaned from the updated roster, like jersey numbers -- Abdul-Aleem is wearing No. 1, freshman forward Zach LeDay has No. 3, juco center Waverly Austin has 21 and Hawkins has 23, with FAU transfer Kore White wearing 33. Transfer Martino Brock, who sat out last season after coming in from South Alabama, will wear No. 0, and Omogbehin, who redshirted this past season, has 35.

[Last modified: Thursday, July 19, 2012 11:31am]

    

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