Men's hoops: Bulls sign 2, another on the way
The NCAA's early signing period for basketball (and several other sports) has commenced with the Bulls men adding three-star recruits Malik Fitts and Andres Feliz.
A four-star prospect, Oldsmar Christian 6-foot-7 PF Troy Baxter, is expected to sign Friday.
By Thursday, the Bulls already had the paperwork on Fitts, a 6-5 small forward from Brewster Academy (N.H.); and Feliz, a 6-2 guard from Orlando's West Oaks Academy.
"Both of 'em are really, really good players, talented players," Coach Orlando Antigua said.
"Andres is someone that we've watched and seen develop over the years playing with the Dominican (Republic) national team. ... Malik is a kid that we got a chance to watch while we were watching another kid, and he really impressed us in terms of his skill set, the way he shot the ball, his size, his length, and someone that can play a couple of different positions."
Feliz, a longtime Dominican national teamer, started at point guard for the 19-under squad -- coached by Antigua's brother, Oliver -- at the FIBA World Championships in Greece this past summer. In seven games, he led all scorers (18.9 ppg) while averaging five rebounds and 3.7 assists.
A little footage of his game can be seen here.
"Extremely talented, great leadership qualities," Orlando Antigua said. "Can shoot the ball, run a team. Plays tough."
Fitts, a California native, currently plays for Brewster Academy, a national prep-school power in New Hampshire. He committed to USF in late September, shortly after visiting the campus. Here's some highlight footage.
"We knew he had a little bit of work to do in terms of his body (215 pounds)," Orlando Antigua said, "but loved the way he played the game and his feel for the game, and how he shot the ball."