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Weekend update: Gilchrist, baseball and more ...



Lots to catch up on after a weekend off. First, basketball -- as we posted on Twitter on Saturday night, junior forward Augustus Gilchrist is putting his name in for consideration for early entry to the NBA Draft, and much the same way Dominique Jones did last year, Gilchrist isn't initially signing with an agent, allowing him to withdraw his name if the response from NBA teams isn't what he's hoping to hear. Gilchrist's statistics don't lend themselves to being drafted, but his size and skill set could be intriguing. We mentioned back during the Big East tournament that Stan Heath had talked to Gilchrist about this possibility.


USF also picked up a commitment from point guard Anthony Collins of Houston Westbury Christian, who chose the Bulls over Baylor and should have a chance to help the Bulls at a key position. We'll have more, but here's what we first wrote about Collins five weeks ago - we listed him at 6 feet, not 6-foot-2. We should have news on two transfers shortly as well -- Heath isn't done recruiting for this class.

-- We'll have another post up on spring football soon, but baseball dropped two of three games to West Virginia in the first Big East series of the season, taking Friday's opener but dropping the next two games. The first was about missed opportunities, as USF outhit the Mountaineers 13-12 but also left 13 men on base in a 9-3 loss. Sunday brought a 7-6 loss, again with the Bulls outhitting West Virginia 10-9, but it was a rough outing for freshman Nick Gonzalez, who gave up five earned runs on five hits and five walks in four-plus innings.

-- USF softball's first Big East series saw only one of three games played due to poor field conditions, but that was a 10-2 five-inning victory at St. John's. The Bulls got their 10 runs on just four hits, all singles, thanks to five St. John's errors and six walks. The Bulls are 19-15 and have two more games to reschedule at the Red Storm -- my guess is somehow it gets sandwiched in with two games at Rutgers on April 14 and three at Seton Hall on April 16-17, or on an open weekend the Bulls have at the end of April.

-- Could Stan Heath's staff be impacted by the coaching carousel? The Final Four is always a busy weekend for hirings, and top assistant Jeremy Cox has made clear his interest in the head coaching job at Wyoming. And it's not necessarily a better job, but Cox could be courted at Texas Tech by new coach Billy Gillispie, who had him on his staff at Texas A&M and Kentucky. One more possibility: Former USF assistant Dan Hipsher, now on Anthony Grant's staff at Alabama, has been mentioned as a candidate for the opening at Florida Gulf Coast. If he got that job, it's reasonable to think he might try to hire his son Andy, USF's director of basketball operations, as an assistant. Stay tuned. ...

[Last modified: Monday, March 28, 2011 12:10pm]


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