TAMPA — The brisk pace promised by USF basketball coach Orlando Antigua already has been realized — at least from a recruiting perspective.
The Bulls made another burly addition to their overhauled roster with the signing of 6-foot-10, 260-pound junior college center Jaleel Cousins. On Wednesday morning, insidemarylandsports.com first reported former Maryland point guard Roddy Peters also is headed to USF.
Cousins is the younger brother of Sacramento Kings center DeMarcus Cousins, whom Antigua helped recruit to Kentucky as a Wildcats assistant. Deemed a low-post project, Cousins spent this past season at Navarro College in Corsicana, Texas, averaging 7.1 points and 4.8 rebounds for a 21-10 team. "Jaleel is a big, physical, long kid whose best basketball is still ahead of him," Antigua said. "He has a huge upside, which makes me excited to get a chance to work with him."
Peters, who averaged 15 minutes as a freshman last season, represents somewhat of a coup for Antigua if he ultimately signs. A five-star prospect at Suitland High in District Heights, Md., Peters was ranked the nation's 19th prospect overall by 247sports.com. He appeared in 32 games as a Maryland freshman, averaging 4.1 points, but had nearly as many turnovers (56) as assists (67).
The arrival of Cousins and Peters would give Antigua 13 scholarship players for next season, filling the Bulls' maximum annual allotment. Peters and former Marshall point guard Kareem Canty must sit out next season per NCAA transfer rules. Cousins will have two years of eligibility at USF; Peters will have three starting in 2015.