TAMPA — Friday night's 59-54 loss to No. 13 Syracuse was a near miss for USF, but coach Stan Heath got something big out of the game. Former Ohio State guard Anthony Crater, who attended the game with his mother, has decided to join the Bulls as a midyear transfer.
"I see myself making a difference there," said Crater, who will start classes this week. "The style of play and the coaching staff were great, and this is what I wanted, from a school standpoint and a basketball standpoint."
Crater, a quick 6-foot-1 guard who played 10 games at Ohio State as a true freshman, will not be able to play for the Bulls until the end of fall exams in December but will then have 31/2 years of eligibility with USF. He said his strengths on the court are his quickness and his passing ability.
The Flint, Mich., native averaged just 1.2 points as a Buckeye, playing 13 minutes per game, but comes to the Bulls with high recruiting accolades. Both major recruiting sites rated him a three-star recruit, and Scout.com ranked him as the No. 21 point guard in last year's class. He had scholarship offers from elite national programs such as Kansas, Arizona and Pittsburgh, according to both recruiting sites.