Heralded freshman Troy Baxter won't join USF
Nationally touted PF Troy Baxter Jr., one of USF's most heralded signees in recent memory, has not enrolled in school and isn't expected to join the program, the Tampa Bay Times has learned.
Classes resumed at USF on Monday. Scout.com's Evan Daniels reported via Twitter on Friday afternoon that Baxter has been released from his letter of intent.
A four-star recruit, Baxter's absence essentially coincides with reports in July indicating the Bulls men's basketball program was being investigated by the NCAA for possible academic fraud. Assistant Oliver Antigua resigned the same day the reports surfaced.
Whether the probe is related to Baxter's absence is unclear.
Ranked 90th in the ESPN 100 as a senior last season at Oldsmar Christian, Baxter averaged 17 points, seven rebounds and 1.5 blocks for the Eagles; and watched his stock catapult with a breakthrough summer with his travel squad -- Team Breakdown -- last year.
During the Final Four weekend in April, he won the American Family Insurance High School Slam Dunk Contest, astounding no less an authority than celebrity judge Shaquille O'Neal. Sleek and sinewy at 6-foot-9, he was expected to lend an immediate impact as a stretch-four player for the Bulls.