Sarosi transferring, likely to Div. II Nova
A year ago, freshman Stephanie Sarosi was the most highly touted recruit in USF women's basketball history. Now, the 6-foot-5 freshman is transferring, most likely to Division II Nova Southeastern.
Sarosi requested and was granted her release by USF coach Jose Fernandez last week, and her coach at Titusville Astronaut High, Greg Hostetler, said Monday he expects her to transfer to Nova, primarily because the school is one of 11 colleges in the country with a pre-optometry program. Nova Southeastern has received a release to speak with Sarosi, though no agreement has been finalized. Sarosi could not be reached for comment Monday afternoon.
"She just didn't feel like they were fitting together," Hostetler said of Sarosi's decision to leave USF.
One recruiting publication has Sarosi ranked as the No. 34 prospect in America, but she struggled in her only season with the Bulls. She started in her first eight games, averaging 25 minutes per game during that stretch, but saw her playing time steadily diminish as the season continued. Her final numbers averaged to 3.5 points and 4.4 rebounds per game, but she was a non-factor in the last month of the season as the Bulls made a push for a return to the NCAA Tournament. In the final eight games of the regular season, she scored one point in 80 minutes of play, going 0-for-18 from the field.
With two major frontcourt transfers in the program -- Jessica Lawson from Cal and Brittany Denson from Miami -- Sarosi wasn't likely to have a larger role in the upcoming season, even with senior center Nalini Miller graduating. It's the second loss from a recruiting class that was ranked 17th nationally -- center Ashley McCray did not qualify academically and played at Chipola College last season.
While I've got the attention of my women's basketball readers, here's a link to a good read in Friday's Ocala Star-Banner, the hometown paper for former USF standout Jessica Dickson. And yes, I know you're waiting on a football post, but I've got some developments to pursue ...