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Men's hoops: Some initial practice observations

Joey Knight, Times Staff Writer

Monday, October 6, 2014 5:55pm

Anthony Collins has no limp.

Chris Perry has no body fat.

Orlando Antigua's practice schedule has no lulls.

Such are a few of the observations gleaned Monday afternoon, when Antigua -- USF's first-year coach -- was kind enough to open his afternoon practice to the media. The Bulls, who began preseason workouts Friday, remain steeped in the instruction/demonstration phase, with Antigua teaching and players listening. But drill segments were crisp and intense, really intense. Even slide drills were competition-driven.

Individually? Well, there was a lot to see. Here some random observations.

* Collins, who last week declared himself 100-percent physically after missing all of last season, appeared to be working out at full speed. His surgically mended left knee remains shrouded in some type of athletic wrap, but he drove the lane on consecutive possessions -- getting pummeled once -- and scored both times. Question now is, how will the knee hold up throughout the preseason?

* Perry, listed at 268 pounds as a freshman, now appears much closer to 242. Arguably no player on the roster benefited more from USF's offseason strength and conditioning program, with the possible exception of...

* Freshman C Ruben Guerrero. The 6-foot-11 Spaniard, who starred at a Kansas private school last season, was barely 200 pounds when he signed with USF in May. Now, he's every bit of 225.

* Maryland transfer Roddy Peters may be the best athlete on the roster. The 6-3 point guard, a five-star prospect out of Suitland (Md.) High, has a quick first step, can handle and possesses a smooth jumper. What he doesn't have is immediate eligibility; Peters must sit out 2014-15.

* Based purely on the initial eye test, juco transfer Nehemias Morillo, a 6-6 shooting guard, appears as if he could create matchup problems on the wing. But again, this is the orientation phase. How quickly Morillo and his teammates grasp Antigua's up-tempo system remains to be seen.

* And because we know you're curious, yes, a lot of outside shots were falling Monday, though the Bulls were shooting mostly against the air.

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