USF and head coach Orlando Antigua continue to add wings in the Class of 2016 as three-star wing Malik Fitts pledged to the Bulls on Tuesday.
The 6-foot-5 native of California is coming off of his official visit to campus last weekend and he joins four-star wing Troy Baxter and three-star guard Andres Feliz in South Florida’s 2016 class.
Fitts ran with Earl Watson Elite in the Under Armour Association this spring and summer and was second on the team in both points (10.2 ppg) and rebounds (5.6 rpg). South Florida is adding a big-bodied wing who can finish above the rim and he’s tough to stop in transition. Along with Baxter, this is a solid group that is coming in for the Bulls.
Proud to announce that I will continue my education and basketball career at the University of South Florida 🏀 #GoBulls
SMU basketball will hear from the NCAA on Tuesday about possible sanctions, NBCSports.com has learned. The issue with men’s basketball stems from former SMU assistant coach Ulric Maligi and a basketball administrator helping guard Keith Frazier with course work. A sophomore last season, Frazier was ruled academically ineligible in January and sat out the rest of the 2014-15 season.
Frazier is academically eligible and back with the team and the Mustangs and head coach Larry Brown will know their fate on Tuesday.
SMU officials met with the NCAA’s Committee on Infractions in June and responded to a list of allegations. The concern is if Brown knew about Maligi and the secretary helping Frazier. When a decision is made, SMU can appeal or accept the findings. If the NCAA finds a lack of control on Brown, then the head coach could be given a game penalty.
The NCAA investigation looming over SMU has certainly hurt them in recruiting already as LaGerald Vick decommitted and ended up at Kansas for this season. It’s also led to only one commitment in the Class of 2016 for SMU so far.
UCF landed its first pledge in the Class of 2016 by getting three-star shooting guard Clayton Hughes. A bouncy 6-foot-5 shooting guard, Hughes hails from Tennessee and had some strong flashes of play this summer with Team Thad. Hughes also ran with Team M33M at times during the spring as well.
The Knights are getting a lefty guard who can hit some shots and also attack the basket in Hughes. Coming off of a strong 2015 recruiting haul that included four three-star prospects, this is a solid start in 2016 for head coach Donnie Jones.
Here’s some highlights of Hughes from this fall at a showcase event, courtesy of Next Up Recruits.