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USF lands three-star 2016 wing Malik Fitts

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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.

Matchups for Basketball Hall of Fame Classic announced

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Another in-season event for the 2015-16 season has been finalized, as the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame announced the matchups for the Basketball Hall of Game Classic on Thursday.

The most noteworthy programs participating in the multi-team event are Kentucky and Ohio State. Unfortunately, the Wildcats and Buckeyes won’t play each other during this event. They’ll be two of the four teams playing November 27 in Miami, with Kentucky playing South Florida in the Basketball Hall of Fame Classic bracket matchup and Ohio State taking on Memphis in the Basketball Hall of Fame Invitational bracket.

This isn’t your usual multi-team event setup either, as there will be a total of five teams in each of the two brackets. Prior to their games in Miami,¬†Kentucky and South Florida will each get to play three home games. Also in the Classic bracket are Albany, Boston University and NJIT.

Basketball Hall of Fame Classic Campus Round Schedule

November 13: Albany @ Kentucky

November 14: NJIT @ Kentucky

November 16: Albany @ Boston University

November 16: NJIT @ South Florida

November 19: Boston University @ NJIT

November 21: Boston University @ South Florida

November 24: Boston University @ Kentucky

November 24: Albany @ South Florida

November 27: NJIT @ Albany

Campus round schedules for the Invitational bracket have yet to be announced. Grambling, Louisiana Tech and UT-Arlington are the three programs that will join Ohio State and Memphis in this bracket, with the Buckeyes and Tigers getting multiple home games before their meeting November 27 in Miami.

Chest pains experienced Saturday lead to USF forward missing Sunday’s game

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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.