Spanish guard Marcos excited about joining Bulls
Greetings from Washington, D.C., where I have a quick layover before getting up to Syracuse for tonight's USF football game. While I'm here, I wanted to pass along a nontraditional Q&A -- traded messages via social media Thursday night with new USF women's basketball signee Laura Marcos Canedo, who will come to Tampa next fall from Salamanca, Spain, about two hours west of Madrid.
Here's what the 17-year-old point guard had to say about her decision to choose USF and her excitement for joining the Bulls:
Q: What made you decide to sign with USF? What do you like best about USF and the basketball program?
A: "The coaches have had much interest for me since last year, I really liked the university and the treatment has been incredible. The thing that I like the most about the university is that I can study something I like (science), and there is a high academic level. And talking about the b-ball program, the coaches, the teammates, were amazing, they treated me great, I think the coaches can make the player improve what she does wrong, they are awesome! And every player knows what to do on the court."
Q: What other schools did you consider or visit during the recruiting process? When did USF become your favorite among those schools?
A: "Albany, American University, North Florida, Iona, UCLA, East Carolina are the universities that have shown me much interest, but since the first day USF has been my first option."
Q: How did your official visit to Tampa go? Had you been to Florida before?
A: "I really enjoyed the visit, it was awesomeeee!!!! They welcomed me like if I was there since years ago! They made me feel like at home, amd I think I will feel this way my four years there. No, I haven't been in Florida or Tampa before. I have been four times at the US, but it was my first time at Florida."
Q: What would you say your strengths as a basketball player are? Anything you want to work on in the next year before you get to campus?
A: "I think I can read the game very well. I love playing hard defense. And what I really like is that I think I can make my teammates be better. My jump shot, and my speed, and also in everything I can improve. I will work hard, because I look forward the next year!"