USF basketball is still in a bit of a state of flux, with half of last year's team having recently departed and the status of cornerstone Anthony Collins still up in the air. Still, Bulls fans got some good news yesterday when former Marshall point guard Kareem Canty announced his plans to transfer to USF. Canty averaged 16.3 points and 5.5 assists a freshman with the Thundering Herd last season and will have three seasons of eligibility with the Bulls.
Orlando Antigua came from Kentucky with a reputation of being an ace recruiter, and this is by far his biggest get in his short time in green and gold. Canty had originally committed to Bruce Pearl at Auburn, but backed out and decided to take the rest of his visits. His comments on his USF visit speak well of Antigua's recruiting skills-- and Mark Harlan, which is awesome.
“It was love [...] The coaching staff made me feel like I was home and the weather was beautiful. I felt real comfortable. The athletic director was a major plus, too.”
This is obviously huge for the Bulls, who were looking at a Victor Rudd-sized hole in the stat sheet and returned a whopping zero double digit scorers. Canty, like Rudd, likes to shoot-- he put up double-digit shots in all but three games last season, and had a trio of 20-shot games. When you shoot that much, you're liable to miss a bunch, and as such Canty's percentages are not stellar (37.3% from the field and 30.4% from three). But he figures to give the Bulls a scoring threat they were desperately lacking, and the ability to shoot from deep is a nice plus.
Of course, we'll likely have to wait a season to see him play. Canty, as is custom, will have to sit a year, but Andrew mentioned that if he enrolls over the summer and completes enough credits, he could be eligible for the spring semester.
Furthermore, the Bulls' roster is finally beginning to take shape. Assuming Collins stays and Canty has to sit, here's a rough idea of what we can expect this team to look like:
PG - Anthony Collins
SG - Corey Allen, Troy Holston, Dinero Mercurius
SF - Dre Clayton, Bo Zeigler, Nehemias Morillo
PF - Chris Perry
C - Ruben Guerrero, Jordan Omogbehin
That's an extremely young team-- a whopping six of the ten guys there will be freshmen, and I would expect Antigua to bring in another pair-- but after the disaster that was last season, it'll be nice to have some fresh faces. With Coach O's new system in place, this has the makings of a fun, if inexperienced squad. Note that the only losses will be Collins and Allen, and Canty should fill in nicely at the point guard position in 2015.