Egbunu's enrollment pushed back to fall
John Egbunu, a national top-100 recruit and key member of Stan Heath's incoming recruiting class, will not start summer classes with other USF newcomers next week and will begin with fall classes in August. The move is being done as an academic precaution, though Heath is still optimistic his coveted signee will be able to play for the Bulls this coming season.
"We feel like things are in a good spot," Heath said Thursday after announcing the addition of veteran Donnie Marsh as an assistant coach. "We're just being a little bit cautious."
By not taking classes during USF's summer B semester, Egbunu, a 6-foot-10, 230-pound center, has the option of taking online classes to rectify any concerns from classes he took in Nigeria before coming to the United States. Egbunu began this season at Fort Walton Beach High School, then transferred to Faith Baptist, a private school in Brandon, this spring.
"If he needs one more course, we could still put him into a summer class or two to get him where he needs to be," Heath said. "I feel good. I think we have a good plan in place. If he needs a little bit more, he can do it; if not, he's fine."
Four of USF's incoming six players -- point guard Josh Heath, wing Bo Zeigler and forwards Dre Clayton and Chris Perry -- will start classes next week, with point guard Corey Allen and Egbunu expected to join the Bulls in August after he finishes his junior college classes.