1. MATURITY: Last season star forward B.B. Waldon was suspended four games for a violation of team rules, and this season the Bulls are off to a bad start in the maturity area. Three players have been suspended for short periods for academic malaise. A couple of minor rules infractions are bound to happen, but if there are a few more, it could be a sign of problems.
2. NEWCOMERS: The Bulls are counting on many, and it seems all their last names begin with "Br." Junior college transfer forward Greg Brittian is plugged in as the No. 3 scorer, and rugged freshmen forwards Kelvin Brown and Marlyn Bryant will be in the playing rotation from the get-go. Bryant has impressive hops and toughness. Burly 6-8 freshman Brandon Brigman has a nice range of skills but could use some of Bryant's demeanor. Pint-sized Brian Swift will spell Reggie Kohn at point guard. Rangy redshirt freshman forward Terrence Leather is on the fringe of the playing rotation.
3. ATTITUDE: USF has two senior superstars, Altron Jackson and Waldon, both of whom are likely to be drafted by the NBA, and a solid supporting cast. In other words, the Bulls should have a healthy swagger. Except for perhaps a handful of elite teams, USF belongs on the court with anyone. The Bulls need to behave as if they are the Top 25 team they could be.
4. PRESSURE (physical): Coach Seth Greenberg looked at his roster, saw it chock full of athletic players and installed various fullcourt pressure schemes. In the 86-60 preseason win over Saint Leo, pressure defense led to numerous turnovers and dunks. If USF can make the pressure work, it will take it up a notch.
5. PRESSURE (mental): It's going to happen: At some point, adversity will strike just when the Bulls are headed through a rough stretch of opponents. How will they react? Last season, with a postseason bid at stake, USF finished 4-7. The Bulls must clear a mental hurdle to reach their high expectations. It would help if they shot free throws better than last season's 60.2 percent.
_ Compiled by Pete Young.
NO.PLAYER POS. HT. CL. HOMETOWN COMMENT
1 Marlyn Bryant G/F 6-3 Fr. Wildwood Leesburg
High graduate loves to dunk on rebounds and fastbreaks.
3 Brian Swift PG 5-10 Fr. Warrensville Heights+ 152-pound
ball-handler will provide change of pace to Kohn.
4 Brandon Brigman PF 6-8 Fr. Philadelphia 257-pounder is
an active interior player with an outside touch.
11 Altron Jackson F/G 6-6 Sr. Sarasota All-C-USA
pick last season is nearly unstoppable.
14 B.B. Waldon F 6-8 Sr. Lakeland Super as a
freshman, has improved moderately since.
20 Gerrick Morris C 6-10 So. West Palm Beach Great
shot-blocker who has shown fair improvement in other areas.
21 Terrence Leather F 6-9 Fr. Tampa Robinson
graduate redshirted in 2000. Could be factor on defense.
22 Jimmy Baxter F/G 6-5 So. St. Petersburg Could be a
major contributor or slip into oblivion.
34 Kelvin Brown F 6-6 Fr. Fort Lauderdale Suspended
during preseason but likely to be team's top freshman.
35 Reggie Kohn PG 6-1 Jr. Winter Park Incumbent
point guard, streaky shooter; third season as starter.
42 Mike Bernard C 6-11 Sr. Oldham, England Got
favorable ruling from NCAA, should be in lineup by December.
45 Will McDonald C 6-11 Jr. New Orleans Much
improved on offense; should earn first consistent playing time.
53 Greg Brittian F 6-6 Jr. Mount Dora Arrives
from junior college with high expectations.