Transfer? Binghamton forward stops by USF
With less than two weeks remaining until the spring signing period, USF's men's basketball team remains in the hunt for several top recruits at small forward, with a new name potentially joining the list.
Greer Wright, a junior at Binghamton who was the team's leading scorer and a first-team all-conference selection, said he stopped by USF on Wednesday and took part in an open gym. There's a wide range of possibliities for the rising senior from Lake Worth -- if coach Kevin Broadus, suspended since October, is reinstated, he expects to return to Binghamton, but if he isn't, there's a chance he not only would transfer but would get a waiver from the NCAA allowing him to play this season without sitting out a year.
"I was just checking out the school. I haven't really made a decision if I will transfer or not," said Wright, a 6-foot-7, 215-pound small forward who averaged 15.0 points and 6.1 rebounds per game while also leading his team in steals (37) and assists (98). "There's a good possibility (I'll transfer), but it has to be the right situation for me."
This visit was an unofficial one -- "it was cool," Wright said. He said he hasn't talked to USF's coaches yet, but he already has "a few Big East offers," as well as offers from mid-major schools. Small forward remains a key position for the Bulls, as starter Mike Mercer graduated and the Bulls' top shooting guard, Dominique Jones, is considering leaving early for the NBA Draft.
USF has a commitment from Tallahassee Community College's Hugh Robertson -- he'll make an official visit to campus next weekend -- and we've reported that USF is in the final three for Jawanza Poland, another top junior college wing from Kansas. The Bulls are also recruiting Michael Haynes, a 6-6 forward from Heat Academy, a prep school in Virginia where current USF signee Waverly Austin played this year.
One more name to keep in mind for USF's recruiting efforts at small forward is Cleveland Melvin, a 6-8, 210-pound recruit who was previously committed to Connecticut. Melvin has re-opened his recruitment and said Thursday that USF is one of six schools he's still considering, along with Duke, Pittsburgh, Miami, Seton Hall and DePaul. He's in the process of lining up official visits and would consider visiting USF.
Wright said he expects to make a decision on where he'll play next season sometime in the next three weeks -- Broadus' fate remains uncertain, though the school is paying for him to attend the Final Four in Indianapolis this weekend.