USF sophomore big man set to return after missing exhibition due to knee injury

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One of the players expected to step forward for USF head coach Orlando Antigua in his first season at the helm is sophomore forward/center Chris Perry, who averaged 8.9 points and 5.3 rebounds per game in 2013-14. Perry missed the team’s first exhibition game last week with a right knee issue, but it’s been announced by the program that he will be on the court when the Bulls play their final exhibition game Friday night.

Perry’s a key player for the Bulls, especially when considering the fact that they have to account for the loss of their top two scorers from last season (Victor Rudd Jr. and Martino Brock) and center John Egbunu (who transferred to Florida). Perry started ten of USF’s 32 games last season, and his production resulted in a spot on the American Athletic Conference All-Rookie Team.

USF doesn’t have much in the way of front court depth heading into the 2014-15 season, with first-year players Jaleel Cousins (junior college transfer) and Dre Clayton (redshirt freshman) also expected to figure prominently in Antigua’s plans. USF started their first exhibition game, a 77-72 win over Indiana University (of Pennsylvania), with four guards and Cousins at the center position.

Cousins finished the game with 13 points, five rebounds and three blocked shots, with Clayton adding seven points and three rebounds off the bench. Another first-year big man, 6-foot-11 freshman Ruben Guerrero, sat out the game with a groin injury. USF opens its regular season schedule November 16 with a home game against Jackson State.