Women's hoops gets two commitments
USF women's basketball coach Jose Fernandez has picked up two commitments from 5-foot-10 guards for next month's early signing period, getting pledges from Tiffany Conner of Teaneck, N.J., and Sequoyah Griffin of Columbus, Ga.
Griffin, a shooting guard who averaged 20 points per game as a high school senior, signed with the Bulls two years ago but did not qualify and was placed at Chipola College in Marianna, up in the Panhandle. She missed her first year there recovering from surgery to repair a torn ACL in her left knee, but has fully recovered according to Chipola coach David Lane. Because she didn't play last season, she'll have three years of eligibility with the Bulls.
"She did everything she needed to do coming back and is one of our hardest-working kids," Lane said. "She'll play a pretty big role for us, and she knows what it takes to play at a high level."
Conner, who is from just outside New York City and plays for the N.Y. Gauchos program, is a defensive whiz who chose the Bulls over offers from smaller schools closer to home, like Hofstra, Hampton and Towson. She committed to Fernandez on Tuesday night, joining USF's first commitment, guard Kaneisha Saunders of Delray Beach.
"I just told him I'm going to be a Bull," Conner said. "After my visit, I was really excited, and I kept talking about it and talking about it. Playing in the Big East has always been one of my dreams, and now I get to live it."
Conner has played against some of New York's top prep talents, like Rutgers stars Epiphanny Prince and Kia Vaughn. She's the second guard out of the New York area to choose USF in recent years, as senior point guard Jazmine Sepulveda hails from Brooklyn. Conner said she'll be in the city today and hopes to meet up with Fernandez and Sepulveda, who are there with senior Shantia Grace for the Big East's preseason basketball media gathering at Madison Square Garden.
Commitments are non-binding until the early signing period, which begins Nov. 12.
(Griffin photo from Chipola College; Conner photo from Hoopgurlz.com)