The NCAA gave the USF men's basketball team some rare good news today, as Joey Knight tweeted out that Anthony Collins' medical hardship waiver for last season has been approved. Collins, who would otherwise have been a senior for the 2014-15 season, will now have two more years of eligibility as a Bull.
Collins had been somewhat of an enigma this offseason, as the mystery surrounding his injuries and his future as a Bull grew to the point where USF actually made a "The Decision"-type video in which he addressed the speculation and confirmed his plans to stay at USF. Collins was the catalyst behind the Bulls' NCAA Tournament run in 2012 as a freshman, but was plagued by injuries in the two seasons that followed and only played in eight games last season. He still managed to average 6.9 points and 5.9 assists in his limited action.
Two years of a fully healthy Collins would be huge for the Bulls-- not only for his considerable talents manning the point, but for the trickle-down effect this has on the rest of the roster. USF is going to be ridiculously inexperienced this season, and having an experienced point guard will do them well as both a mentor for the younger players and a distributor who can hopefully alleviate some of the inevitable scoring woes.
In case you need a refresher-- extremely understandable-- here's how the roster is shaping up for the Bulls this upcoming season.
PG: Anthony Collins (Jr.)
SG: Corey Allen (Sr.), Troy Holston (Fr.), Dinero Mercurius (Fr.), Jake Bodway (Fr.), Justin David (So.)
SF: Nehemias Morillo (Jr.), Dre Clayton (Fr.), Bo Zeigler (Fr.)
PF: Chris Perry (So.)
C: Jaleel Cousins (Jr.), Ruben Guerrero (Fr.)