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South Florida adds to its front court depth with 2015 verbal commitment

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New USF head coach Orlando Antigua has done a good job on the recruiting trail during his short time at the helm. The former Kentucky assistant was able to put together a six-member 2014 class, and he also received a commitment from former Maryland guard Roddy Peters. Peters will be eligible to play in games in 2015, and on Wednesday a second player was added to that class in the form of 6-foot-8 center Luis Santos according to Evan Daniels of Scout.com.

In order to land Santos, Antigua returned to his old stomping grounds as like the head coach Santos attended St. Raymond’s High School in the Bronx. Santos will finish his high school career at Sunrise Christian Academy in Wichita, Kansas.

According to the report, Santos was an all-borough selection last season. St. Raymond’s coach Jorge Lopez noted the relationship between Santos and Antigua when asked about the factors that led to his player verbally committing to USF.

“I think that was probably the greatest deciding factor here,” Lopez said. “The fact that he has a relationship with those guys and he looks up to Orlando with Orlando being a assistant for the Dominican Republic National team and now the head coach. Of course Oliver [USF assistant Oliver Antigua] coaching him in 2011, he just feels very comfortable with them.”

With three veterans (John Egbunu, Zach LeDay and Jordon Omogbehin) deciding to transfer following the firing of Stan Heath, one of the first orders of business on the recruiting trail for Antigua was to add depth to the front court. With junior college transfer Jaleel Cousins and freshman Ruben Guerrero joining holdovers Dre’Kalo Clayton and Chris Perry he’s done that, and the addition of Santos helps with regards to the future.

PREGAME SHOOTAROUND: A Big 12 and a Big Ten showdown

Denzel Valentine
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GAME OF THE NIGHT: No. 10 West Virginia at No. 6 Kansas, 7:00 p.m.

The last time these two teams got together, West Virginia actually knocked off Kansas in Morgantown. It was the third time in the last three seasons that WVU has beaten KU at home. So there’s some revenge at stake here. But there’s also the whole Big 12 title race, which West Virginia currently leads. If the Mountaineers win tonight, they’ll be up by two games on Kansas with the tie breaker and just seven games left to play. The Jayhawks regular season title streak could be over if that happens.

THIS ONE’S GOOD, TOO: No. 8 Michigan State at No. 18 Purdue, 7:00 p.m.

We think the Spartans are back to their early season form after wins over Maryland (at home), Northwestern, Rutgers and Michigan. If Michigan State really wants to prove something to the college basketball world, they will go into West Lafayette tonight and get a win. Denzel Valentine vs. Raphael Davis will be fun.

FIVE THINGS TO WATCH FOR

  1. Pitt will pay a visit to No. 12 Miami in a game the Panthers could really use a win in. Pitt hasn’t been the most consistent team in the country and without adding a few quality wins they could be looking at the bubble.
  2. Duquesne will be paying a visit to No. 19 Dayton, who moved into a tie for first place in the Atlantic 10 thanks to VCU’s loss on Saturday.
  3. Georgia is right there on the bubble, and they will have a chance to try and push themselves into a better spot when they play at No. 22 Kentucky tonight.
  4. Creighton probably has to win out to have a shot of making the NCAA tournament, and that includes tonight, when they host No. 5 Xavier.
  5. No. 7 Virginia will be hosting Virginia Tech, who picked off the Wahoos in Blacksburg earlier this year.

THE REST OF THE TOP 25

  • No. 1 Villanova at DePaul, 8:30 p.m.
  • No. 25 Wichita State at Drake, 8:00 p.m.

 

PLAYER OF THE YEAR POWER RANKINGS: Buddy Hield isn’t going anywhere

Oklahoma guard Buddy Hield (24) drives to the basket as LSU guard Antonio Blakeney (2) defends in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Baton Rouge, La., Saturday, Jan. 30, 2016. (AP Photo/Bill Feig)
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It’s Tuesday, which means that it is once again time for the NBC Sports Player of the Year Power Rankings.

And you’ll be shocked to find out that Oklahoma guard Buddy Hield is still No. 1 in those rankings. By a pretty wide margin.

The rest of the top 10?

They can be found here, at the CBT FaceBook page. Follow that page for the countdown: