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.
South Florida is losing two players to transfer on Monday, including an interesting graduate transfer candidate. Redshirt junior point guard Anthony Collins and freshman forward Dre Clayton are leaving the Bulls. The duo leaving was first reported by ESPN.com‘s Jeff Goodman.
The 6-foot-1 Collins was a starting point guard for the Bulls and played a hand in their 2012 NCAA Tournament appearance. Collins played only eight games due to swelling in his left knee in 2013-14 and was granted a medical hardship waiver from the NCAA. This past season, Collins averaged 7.1 points and a team-leading 5.2 assists per game while shooting 44 percent from the field and 27 percent from 3-point range.
Since he has already graduated from South Florida, Collins can become immediately eligible at the next school he chooses and likely becomes an attractive option for a team searching for an experienced floor general.
Clayton is a 6-foot-6 freshman who averaged less than a point per game. The native of Orlando struggled to acclimate to The American and only shot 24 percent from the field and 16 percent from 3-point range.
Losing Collins will certainly hurt South Florida next season, but moving on without Clayton shouldn’t be too difficult. In his first season as head coach of the Bulls, Orlando Antigua guided the program to a 9-23 record and 3-15 conference record.
Already facing an uphill battle against UConn Sunday afternoon, USF had to play the game without its best front court player in Chris Perry. According to multiple reports Perry experienced chest pains during the team’s workout on Saturday and was hospitalized. Perry did join his teammates on the sidelines during the second half of USF’s 66-53 loss to the Huskies.
According to the Associated Press, Perry will undergo further testing upon the team’s return to Tampa.
Perry’s started 18 of the 19 games he’s played in this season, averaging 10.1 points and a team-best 7.1 rebounds per game. Without Perry head coach Orlando Antigua inserted redshirt freshman guard/forward Bo Zeigler into the lineup against UConn, and he finished the game with seven points and two rebounds in 23 minutes of action.
Taking care of the defensive glass has been an issue for the Bulls all season long, as they rank ninth in the American in defensive rebounding percentage (66.9%). That wasn’t the biggest problem for USF in their loss to UConn (keeping Ryan Boatright in check was), but if Allen is to miss an extended period of time that would undoubtedly hurt the Bulls as they look to climb up the conference standings.