Elliott enjoys visit, claims USF offer
Dominique Elliott, the junior college power forward who made an official visit to USF this weekend, says he enjoyed his visit and holds a scholarship offer from the Bulls, though he's not likely to decide until early next month.
Elliott, 6-foot-8 and 245 pounds, signed with Oklahoma last fall but said Monday that the Sooners agreed to release him from his letter of intent after he realized his playing time would be limited. He will visit Southern Miss this weekend, then make one more visit -- potentially to Memphis, Washington State or North Texas -- before deciding between those schools.
Asked what he liked about USF, Elliott said "Everything. The atmosphere, the team. They're trying to build and be really good this coming year."
Elliott is familiar with USF guard Musa Abdul-Aleem, who was in junior college in Georgia when he was in prep school there. Asked for his strengths as a basketball player, he said: "I can score on the block, I can face up, hit the mid-range, I can rebound real good, use my body. Coach (Heath) told me I bring a lot of toughness."
USF is also still in the hunt for another power forward, Demetrius Henry of Brandon Faith Baptist. Henry made an official visit to Miami over the weekend and is scheduled to visit the Bulls on Wednesday before deciding between USF, Miami and South Carolina.
USF picked up a commitment Sunday from junior college combo guard Corey Allen, who visited the Bulls with Elliott this weekend. With Allen committed as the seventh member of Stan Heath's incoming recruiting class, the Bulls would be two scholarships over the limit (before Elliott or Henry), suggesting Heath is anticipating some combination of veteran players not returning or recruits not qualifying academically.
Toward that end, it's encouraging for Bulls fans to note that Elliott said his host on his official visit was junior forward Victor Rudd, who a year ago considered leaving for the NBA Draft before opting to return to the Bulls. He's expected to do the same again to return for his senior year.