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USF has big competition for Scott



A top junior college basketball prospect who came close to signing with USF in the early signing period is now getting interest from some of college basketball's biggest programs.

Dustin Scott, a 6-foot-8 sophomore at Tallahassee Community College, had USF and Virginia Commonwealth as his top choices last fall. Then named him the No. 1 juco prospect in the country, and a ton of programs ramped up their recruitment.

Scott is averaging 13.6 points and 7.7 rebounds for TCC, and USF is still in the hunt, according to TCC coach Eddie Barnes. But the list of suitors for Scott is impressive -- Florida, Louisville, Tennessee, Georgia, Clemson and South Carolina are the first six names Barnes offers. Vols coach Bruce Pearl was in for a personal visit last week, and Rick Pitino is expected in this week. USF has the advantage of having been on him much longer, and can all but offer him a starting position in the Big East, but if McCullum is going to get Scott this spring, he's going to have to beat out a lot of high-profile programs to get him.

Power forward and center remain the priorities for USF's remaining three scholarships, and the Bulls remain the front-runner for Ejike Hart, a 6-8 power forward from Hillsborough Community College in Tampa. By the way, the recruiting sites get grief for not updating prospects, but still has HCC center Kenie Freeman as considering the Bulls. Freeman collapsed and died during a practice three months ago, so it's only respectful to go ahead and take him off the listings, right?

From the Where Are They Now Dept., I can offer a Frane Markusovic update. Markusovic, a late signee who barely played for the Bulls last season, is now at Collin County Community College in Texas. He's still 6-10, 240 pounds, but is coming off the bench for a 16-7 team, averaging 2.8 points and 3.6 rebounds per game. Stay tuned for more basketball news and another potential football transfer ...

[Last modified: Thursday, May 27, 2010 11:19am]


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