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Heath considering removal of son's redshirt

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January

Ideally, Stan Heath wants to bring his son along gradually at USF. In the consummate scenario, Josh Heath would spend this season practicing during the week, observing during games and absorbing the speed of major college basketball.

But the perfect world is falling away. So too, may Josh's redshirt.

Now that PG Anthony Collins' knee problems have seeped into 2014, the elder Heath is suggesting -- stronger than ever -- there's a real chance the youngest of his two boys could be thrust into action.

"Josh is an option," Heath said before Monday's practice.

"He and I have been in a steady conversation about it. ... It's not fair in some ways that he hasn't had a lot of games underneath his belt and you just throw a guy like that in the fire. But it's something we've got to evaluate."

An all-state performer as a senior last winter at Tampa Prep, Josh Heath was MVP of the Class 3A state tournament in 2012, when he led the Terrapins to the program's first state title.

The quintessential floor leader at the prep level, his vision (6.0 assists per game as a senior), ball-handling acumen and built-in knowledge of the system could make him effective in spot duty for current starter Corey Allen Jr.

"When we go run through our offense, sometimes he jumps in with the first unit," senior F Victor Rudd said in early November. "He already knows what's expected and what he needs to do, so that's an edge over some guys."

Assuming Collins remains sidelined, the minutes Josh Heath provides at the point would allow Allen to slide to a two-guard spot, where he would pose more of an offensive threat than he can up top. Allen (11.9 ppg) scored three points in Saturday's 67-58 loss to Houston.

Not the solution Stan Heath envisioned at the season's outset, but hardly a panic move, either.
 
"I know he's not going to be ready ready," Stan Heath said. "But there are some things I think he can do from just making decisions and making plays to make things better and take Corey off the ball a little bit."

[Last modified: Monday, January 6, 2014 4:59pm]

    

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