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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

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.

Former Wichita State assistant returns as a consultant

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Prior to a one-year stint as the head coach coach at Bowling Green that came to an end in early April as a result of an incident at a Bowling Green restaurant, Chris Jans was a member of Gregg Marshall’s coaching staff at Wichita State from 2007-14. During those seven seasons Jans was a key figure as the Shockers made the progression to a respected national power.

Jans is back in Wichita, with Paul Suellentrop of the Wichita Eagle reporting Thursday that he’s serving as a consultant to the program. Jans’ consulting agreement runs for 45 days, which the school can renew, and he’ll be paid $10,000 for the work. While Jans isn’t allowed to do any coaching, he can watch practices and provide Marshall and the coaching staff with his observations.

“He will be able to consult with the coaching staff, only on what he observes in practice,” said Darron Boatright, WSU deputy athletics director. “By NCAA rule, a consultant is not allowed to have communication with student-athletes … not about basketball-related activities or performance.”

While Jans (who according to the story has served in a similar role for another school) can’t do any coaching in this role, his return does give Marshall another trusted voice to call upon when needed. Wichita State bid farewell to an assistant coach this spring with Steve Forbes being hired as the head coach at East Tennessee State, with his position being filled by former Sunrise Christian Academy coach Kyle Lindsted.


AUDIO: Rick Pitino discusses allegations, future at Louisville

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Thursday afternoon marked the first time since Friday that Louisville head coach Rick Pitino commented on the controversy that has taken his program by storm. Speaking with Terry Meiners of 840 WHAS in Louisville, Pitino discussed the escort scandal, what could have possibly led former staffer Andre McGee down the path he’s alleged to have taken in Katina Powell’s book and his future at Louisville.

The interview began with Meiners asking Pitino if it changed his thinking as to whether or not he needed to resign, which (as one would expect) Pitino shot down. Also discussed was the statement released by school president Dr. James Ramsey, which expressed support for athletic director Tom Jurich but did not mention Pitino at all.

“Well I can’t answer that, Terry,” Pitino said when asked why he wasn’t mentioned in the statement. “Twenty-six years ago Kentucky brought me in to make the program compliant to NCAA rules. (Then-Kentucky president) Dr. (David) Roselle and (then Kentucky athletic director) C.M. Newton thought I was the guy to come in and change around the images, change around the culture and add a lot of discipline to the program. And I did that.

“And then I came here to the University of Louisville, and if someone was five seconds late or not early consequences would be paid from a disciplinary standpoint,” Pitino continued. “This is obviously not a person being late, this is not about a person (not) working hard. This is about things that are very disgusting, things that turn my stomach, things that keep me up without sleeping.

“But unfortunately, I had no knowledge of any of this and don’t believe in it. It’s sickening to me, the whole thing. But I’m thinking of my 13 players, I’m thinking of our program, and I’m sorry that Dr. Ramsey did not think enough to mention me but that’s something I cannot control.”

Below is audio of the full interview, which ran just over 17 minutes in length.