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  1. Joey Knight, Times Staff Writer Wednesday, May 24, 2017 2:16pm During our hour-plus chat with Brian Gregory in his office last week, the new Bulls basketball coach still wasn't at liberty to discuss incoming graduate-transfers Terrence Samuel (Penn State), Payton Banks (Penn State) or Stephan Jiggetts (Fairleigh Dickinson). But the school finally confirmed their signings on Wednesday, formally adding what is believed to be the final touches to the 2017-18 roster. So now that everyone's on board, what can Bulls fans expect from this overhauled roster? On what will Gregory's inaugural team hang its figurative hat? Still tough to say. Remember, Gregory spent most of his first two months feverishly trying to piece together a team. How this group jells over time, once he gets it on the floor together, remains to be seen. But Gregory does promise his constituents one thing. "We're gonna figure out a way to defend and rebound, I can tell you that," Gregory said. "Or at least die trying." While Gregory sifts through his guard options (prediction: Jiggetts is your opening night point guard), he'll probably build his frontcourt around 7-foot-2, 250-pound Serbian Nikola Scekic and 6-11 USC transfer Malik Martin, who sat out last season after two undistinguished years with the Trojans. Incoming 6-8 freshman Alexis Yetna also could have an immediate impact, bringing the type of length and grit that Gregory helped harvest during his lengthy tenure as a Tom Izzo assistant at Michigan State. "I think the offensive side of things will be a process and a progression as guys get a little more comfortable, not only in their roles but how we're playing," Gregory said. "So initially, obviously we have to be really committed on the defensive end and on the glass." Does that signal a series of low-tempo grudge matches on the Sun Dome floor this winter? Not necessarily, Gregory said, though only one team -- his 2015-16 Georgia Tech squad -- has averaged more than 70 points a game in his 13 seasons as a head coach. "The teams I've been associated with both as a head coach and an assistant coach, we always ran, but we never were 90, 95, 100 (points per game), because we played defense on the other end," Gregory said. "So the other teams' possessions are longer. ... So the better you are defensively and rebounding, that obviously is the first phase of playing with pace."
  2. USF ATHLETICS GoUSFBulls.com FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Web Link: http://bit.ly/2qat6yu Follow USF Men’s Basketball on Twitter Like USF Men’s Basketball on Facebook Coach Gregory Completes First Signing Class with Three Grad Transfers The Bulls add Terrence Samuel and Payton Banks from Penn State and Stephan Jiggetts of Fairleigh Dickinson TAMPA, MAY 24, 2017 – In the final step of his first recruiting class, University of South Florida head men's basketball coach Brian Gregory and his staff announced the signing of three graduate transfers to financial aid agreements on Wednesday. From Penn State, the Bulls will be adding 6-foot-3 guard Terrence Samuel and 6-foot-6 wing Payton Banks from Penn State. USF also signed Stephan (pronounced STEPH-on) Jiggetts, a 6-foot-1 guard from Farleigh Dickinson University. All three student-athletes will be able to compete for USF in the 2017-18 season and have one year of eligibility remaining. “I'm very happy to have Terrence, Payton and Stephan join our program,” said Gregory. “They are true student-athletes, who have graduated and earned their degrees in four years. They have had tremendous personal and collective success as players, winning championships and competing in postseason tournaments. Now, they are ready to make a positive impact here at USF and provide some important veteran stability. With all the opportunities they had in the recruiting process, their enthusiasm and desire to be a part of our new era at USF was both inspiring and refreshing.” From Brooklyn, N.Y., Samuel averaged four points and three rebounds per game for Penn State last season. He netted a career-high 16 points against Colgate (11/23) and appeared in 28 of the team's 33 games. Samuel shot 44 percent in Big Ten conference action. “Terrence is a highly competitive and versatile guard who has proven his ability to impact a game on both ends of the court,” added Gregory. “He has the size, strength and toughness to be very effective at both guard spots, creating scoring opportunities for himself and others.” Samuel sat out the 2015-16 season due to NCAA transfer rules. He began his collegiate career at UConn, where he was a part of the Huskies' program during his freshman and sophomore seasons. Samuel appeared in 56 games, making seven starts. He was a member of the 2013-14 NCAA champion UConn men's basketball team,scoring 11 points in the semifinal game over Villanova (3/22). A native of Orange, Calif., Banks has made 44 starts over three years for the Nittany Lions. He averaged 10 points per game last season, sinking 36 percent of his shots from beyond the arc. In 2016-17, Banks converted 73 three-pointers and made 82 percent of his free throw attempts. “Payton impacts our program in such a positive way due to his versatility on the perimeter,” said Gregory. “Obviously, he is an exceptional three-point shooter, but his versatility and scoring acumen will also be of benefit in our system.” Banks redshirted his initial season at Penn State in 2013-14 before appearing in 29 games the following year. He made 31 starts as a sophomore during the 2014-15 campaign, averaging nine points and four rebounds per game. From Forestville, Md., Jiggetts was named All-Northeast Conference in 2016-17, when he averaged 13 points, four assists and three rebounds per game. He posted a team-high 125 assists, shot 31 percent from beyond the arc and tallied a triple-double of 13 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists in a win over Lipscomb (11/19). “Stephan brings the guard skills that were so important for us in this recruiting class,” added Gregory. “His tremendous physical and mental toughness, along with his skill package allows him to influence the game in transition, half-court sets, and by both scoring and creating scoring opportunities.” Jiggetts averaged 11 points per game in his sophomore season at FDU and notched another 98 assists, helping guide the Knights to the 2016 Northeast Conference Championship and a berth in the NCAA Tournament. Banks, Jiggetts and Samuel will join fellow commits Justin Brown, David Collins , TJ Lang , Laquincy Rideau, Nikola Scekic and Alexis Yetna in Coach Gregory's first signing class at USF. Class of 2017 Signees Name Pos. Ht. Wt. Cl.-Exp. Hometown [High School/Previous School] Payton Banks F 6-6 223 Gr.-TR Orange, Calif. [Penn State] Justin Brown G/F 6-6 210 Fr.-HS Birmingham, Ala. [Hargrave Military Academy (Va.)] David Collins G 6-3 200 Fr.-HS Youngstown, Ohio [First Love Christian Academy (Pa.)] Stephan Jiggetts G 6-1 195 Gr.-TR Forestville, Md. [Fairleigh Dickinson] TJ Lang* G 6-7 210 Sr.-TR Mobile, Ala. [Auburn] Laquincy Rideau* G 6-1 210 Jr.-TR West Palm Beach, Fla. [Gardner-Webb] Terrence Samuel G 6-3 208 Gr.-TR Brooklyn, N.Y. [Penn State] Nikola Scekic C 7-2 250 Jr.-TR Belgrade, Serbia [Hutchinson CC (Kan.)] Alexis Yetna F 6-8 220 Fr.-HS Baltimore, Md. [Putnam Science Academy (Conn.)] *Sitting out the 2017-18 season due to NCAA Transfer Rules* About USF Men's Basketball
  3. USF men's hoops roster evolving Joey Knight, Times Staff Writer Tuesday, April 18, 2017 10:27am ...It's also worth noting we spotted Troy Holston Jr., Malik Martin, Tulio Da Silva and Isaiah Manderson atMonday night's Stampede of Champions banquet. On Tuesday, the school confirmed all four remain with the program. Unofficial USF 2017-18 Men's Basketball Roster (scholarship players only) G Payton Banks, Gr-Transfer (Penn State)* G/F Justin Brown, Fr. F Tulio Da Silva, R-So. G Troy Holston Jr., R-Jr. PG Stephan Jiggetts, Gr-Transfer (Fairleigh Dickinson)* F Isaiah Manderson, Sr. C Malik Martin, R-Jr. G Terrence Samuel, Gr-Transfer (Penn State)*ELATED NEWS/ARCHIVE *-The transfers of Banks, Jiggetts and Samuel have been widely reported but not yet announced by USF http://www.tampabay.com/blogs/bulls/usf-mens-hoops-roster-evolving/2320667
  4. This is too cool to mince words about, so let’s cut to the chase: a handful of the best USF basketball alumni of the past decade have put together a team to enter this year’s TBT (The Basketball Tournament), an annual, five-on-five competition open to any team that can stir up enough fan support and votes. You can read more about it here if you’re unfamiliar, but some key points: fans vote for squads to make the 64-team bracket, the winning team gets $2 million to split amongst themselves, and the whole thing is televised by ESPN affiliates. Of course, I would be remiss not to mention the fact that the top 100 fans who vote for the winning team all receive a cut of the prize ranging from $1,000 to $20,000 if their teams wins. The more voters you recruit, the better chance your team has to qualify, and the bigger your slice of the pie if your team manages to win it all. Full disclosure: I did some work for TBT’s southern regional in Atlanta a couple years back, and I could not be more into this tournament. It’s really awesome seeing the likes of local, YMCA squads compete on national TV against ex-NBA players, and I’ve always wanted to see a USF-centric team get put together. Thanks to former USF graduate assistant Michael Brown, this dream is now a reality: say hello to your Tampa Bulls, a team assembled entirely of former USF basketball standouts. So far, Tampa Bulls consists of the following players*: Corey Allen Jr. Ron Anderson Jr. Anthony Collins Toarlyn Fitzpatrick Augustus Gilchrist Javontae Hawkins Hugh Robertson *There are some big names yet to be announced, but I don’t want to spoil the surprise for Michael and company. Think of the biggest USF stars of the past decade, and you’ve probably already guessed them. This team is absolutely loaded with NCAA Tournament veterans and players who spent time in the NBA D-League. They’ve really, really got a shot to win this thing, but they need your help to make it into the field. Right now, the Bulls have just 61 votes, and the top teams in the South region have hundreds. With the support of the Bulls’ fanbase, however, the Tampa Bulls can make their way into this tournament, and hopefully do a little damage once they’re in it. You’ll get to watch your favorite USF basketball players compete once again on ESPN, and possibly make you thousands of dollars. This is a win-win-win-win. Let’s show TBT what USF nation can do, and throw our wholehearted support behind the members of the best basketball team in USF history. You can vote by following the link below. Don’t forget to spread the word, so that Tampa Bulls have a better chance to qualify (and, yes, so you make more potential money). Vote: https://www.thetournament.com/teams/tampa-bulls-usf-alumni/fan/58eabeae93b94361967264 Article
  5. Hopefully John doesn't catch too much **** about "The Improved USF Men's Basketball Arena Club Experience". Personally, I think it's awesome. As we introduce our new Head Men’s Basketball coach, Brian Gregory, we also introduce a new and exciting way forward for the Arena Club. After surveying our fans, and in order to create the best game day experience possible, we are proud to share the many changes for the upcoming season. The Improved USF Men’s Basketball Arena Club Experience // All season tickets in the Arena Club will now include the all you can eat buffet each game. // Pre-game chalk talks from the MBB coaching staff, including Head Coach Brian Gregory, will make their return. // Plus, interactive games and fun theme nights will help make each game in the Arena Club an event you will remember. On your renewal account you will notice that the $8.00 per game charge for each seat covers the cost for the all you can eat buffet, which will include entrees, desserts, soft drinks, coffee and tea, as well as the amenities listed above. If you would like to hear more details, please reach out to your Bulls Club representative or click here. Click Here to find more information regarding your 2017-18 USF Basketball season ticket and see below for instructions on how you can renew your season ticket today. The basketball priority renewal deadline is Friday, June 30, 2017
  6. Not sure the powers to be would swallow their pride or not but who would everyone want out of theses three choices Hire Bartow Bring Back Heath Bring Back Greenberg
  7. USF ATHLETICS GoUSFBulls.com FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Web Link: http://bit.ly/2qhAonM Follow USF Men’s Basketball on Twitter Like USF Men’s Basketball on Facebook USF Men’s Basketball Adds Rideau, Yetna Rideau, a transfer from Gardner-Webb, was named 2017 Big South All-Conference Yetna guided Putnam Science Academy (Conn.) to a 34-win season TAMPA, MAY 8, 2017 – University of South Florida head men's basketball coach Brian Gregory and his staff announced two new additions on Monday, signing 6-foot-1 guard Laquincy Rideau to a financial aid agreement and signing 6-foot-8 forward Alexis Yetna to a national letter of intent. A native of West Palm Beach, Fla., Rideau is a transfer from Gardner-Webb, where he was the first player in Big South Conference history to post at least 150 rebounds, 150 assists and 100 steals in a single season. Rideau led the Runnin’ Bulldogs with a team-best 14.2 points per game and 171 assists. He was recognized on the All-Big South Conference Second Team and the conference all-tournament team. Rideau will sit out the 2017-18 season due to NCAA transfer rules but will have two years of eligibility remaining. “Laquincy signifies a very important recruit for our program,” said Gregory. “To recruit and sign players from the state of Florida is a top priority for us. Laquincy represents USF, as we provide a great opportunity for in-state players to reach their goals and objectives. He is a high level guard that can create scoring opportunities for himself and teammates, and also has a firm command of the game. Laquincy will use his redshirt year to continue his impressive development and will make a tremendous impact for us for two seasons.” Born in France, Yetna is completing his postgraduate year at Putnam Science Academy (Conn.), where he guided the team to a 34-win season. Yetna played in the Adidas Gauntlet in April, posting double-double averages of 16 points and 11 rebounds per game. A native of Baltimore, Md., Yetna also represented Team USA in the Adidas Euro Camp in India during the summer of 2016. He will be a freshman with USF in 2017-18. “We are very happy to welcome Alexis Yetna to the Bulls’ basketball family,” said Gregory. “He brings the entire package of what we are looking for from the forward position – athleticism, size, length, explosiveness, and toughness. As an international player, he has been educated at one of the best schools at Putnam Science Academy, and his maturity will allow for an important impact on the program.” Rideau and Yetna join Justin Brown, David Collins ,TJ Lang and Nikola Scekic in Coach Gregory's first signing class at USF.
  8. BULLS SIGN AUBURN TRANSFER TJ LANG May 04, 2017 By USF TAMPA, MAY 4, 2017 – University of South Florida head men's basketball coach Brian Gregory and his staff announced the signing of 6-foot-7 guard TJ Lang to a financial aid agreement on Thursday. A native of Mobile, Ala., Lang is a transfer from Auburn, where he played his first three seasons. Lang averaged five points per game and was regarded as a lockdown defender for the Tigers. He will sit out the 2017-18 season due to NCAA transfer rules but will have one year of eligibility remaining. “We are very pleased to have TJ join the program at the University of South Florida,” said Gregory. “His experience and success at the highest level of college basketball will be a great asset to this program over the next two years. As we continue to build our talent-base, a multi-position player like TJ will give us a lot of flexibility both offensively and defensively. He comes from a great basketball family, and because of that, brings the characteristics we look for in our student-athletes.” TJ's father, Antonio, played at Duke (1990-94), winning the 1991 and 1992 National Championship. His dad played in the NBA for the Phoenix Suns, Cleveland Cavaliers and overseas. Lang joins Justin Brown, David Collins and Nikola Scekic in Coach Gregory's first signing class at USF. http://www.gousfbulls.com//ViewArticle.dbml?DB_OEM_ID=7700&ATCLID=211583676
  9. 4/26/2017 - 2018 C Caleb Stokes (6-8, -, 2★) has received an offer from South Florida. Calebstokes32 @bigstokes32 Apr 25 I am very blessed to receive my second offer from USF
  10. https://mobile.twitter.com/AyalewAdam/status/859065642217078784
  11. Eric Hester is transferring from UF after one season. He is a former oldsmar Christian player that we were actively recruiting. Wonder if he is considering us again? https://mobile.twitter.com/gatorhoops/status/852193463785459713
  12. Malik Fitts (6-8, 237, 3★) will be transferring to Saint Mary's.
  13. USF ATHLETICS GoUSFBulls.com FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Web Link: http://bit.ly/2oKBzHl Follow USF Men’s Basketball on Twitter Like USF Men’s Basketball on Facebook USF Men’s Basketball Adds Collins, Scekic Collins averaged 18 points per game for 24-win First Love Christian Academy (Pa.) Skekic guided Hutchinson CC (Kan.) to a JuCo National Title and 35-win season TAMPA, APRIL 27, 2017 – University of South Florida head men's basketball coach Brian Gregory and his staff announced a pair of additions on Thursday, inking 6-foot-3 guard David Collins to a national letter of intent and signing 7-foot-2 center Nikola Scekic to a financial aid agreement. A native of Youngstown, Ohio, Collins joins USF from First Love Christian Academy (Pa.), where he posted an 18 point per game average for the 24-win Knights. He is ranked as the 46th guard prospect in the country, according to 247 Sports. “David brings the versatility from the guard spot that is really important in our program,” said Gregory. “His athleticism and physicality on the perimeter is going to be an asset both offensively and defensively. He fits our mold of a highly talented, high character, hard-working, tough student-athlete.” From Belgrade, Serbia, Scekic won a JuCo National Championship with Hutchinson Community College (Kan.) in 2016-17. He played his freshman season at New Mexico, appearing in 10 games, before transferring. “Nik provides us with very important pieces to build our program at USF,” added Gregory. “His size, skill package, and versatility can impact a game in many different ways. He can score in the post, step out on the perimeter, is an excellent passer, has a high basketball IQ, and will be tremendous in anchoring our defense. What really drove me to Nik was his unbelievable passion for improvement and daily work habits.” Scekic returns to Florida, where he previously played for MMG Academy in Orlando. He also played for Zemun in his native country of Serbia before arriving in the United States. “With today's signings, we also addressed an important issue in our building process here at USF,” said Gregory. “We want to bring in guys that are accustomed and expect success on the court. Nick won a national championship at Hutchinson CC and David had unbelievable success at First Love this year. Both these guys know what it means to be part of a winning program.” Collins and Scekic join Justin Brown in Coach Gregory's first signing class at USF.
  14. Nikola Scekic‏ @scekic1995 11m11 minutes ago More Officially a South Florida Bull! #USF
  15. Corey Evans‏ @coreyevans_10 South Florida has offered 2018 Canton big man Javian Fleming 7:32 PM - 25 Apr 2017 http://verbalcommits.com/players/javian-fleming
  16. 2018 SG Diante Wood (6-4, 175, 3★) has received an offer from South Florida.
  17. Adam Ayalew‏ @AyalewAdam South Florida has offered '18 @TheTeamBBC G Montez Mathis @PrepHoopsMD 6:20 PM - 24 Apr 2017 http://verbalcommits.com/players/montez-mathis
  18. Corey Evans‏ @coreyevans_10 2018 @1FamilyHoops wing Amanze Ngumezi has been offered by USF 11:32 AM - 25 Apr 2017 http://verbalcommits.com/players/amanze-ngumezi Amanze Ngumezi‏ @kiingsliimm 2h2 hours ago Earned a offer from University of South Florida #Gobulls
  19. Received offer from USF. http://verbalcommits.com/players/diante-wood
  20. TAMPA, APRIL 18, 2017 – USF Athletics shared in the excitement Tuesday as Tampa Bay won the bid for yet another premier sporting event when the NCAA announced the Bay Area as a host site for the 2020 NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship First and Second Rounds. March Madness in the form of the NCAA men’s tournament will come to Amalie Arena on March 19 and 21, 2020. The selection follows on the heels of the Bay Area hosting the 2015 NCAA Women’s Final Four and selection to host the 2019 NCAA Women’s Final Four at Amalie Arena, both involving USF in a major role. “This is very exciting for the Bay Area and USF. We are so excited as a department to be able to engage our talented staff and resources in helping the Bay Area to continue to host premier national events.” USF Director of Athletics Mark Harlan said. “The first-class events that our partners at the Tampa Bay Sports Commission and executive director Rob Higgins have been able to put on in our community, including last year’s magnificently run College Football Playoff National Championship, showcase our community to the nation. USF is committed to being a strong community partner and a part of these endeavors.” As it was with the recent Women’s Final Four, USF Athletics will be heavily involved in conducting the NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship First and Second Rounds in downtown Tampa, providing both guidance and resources in everything from event management, and media coordination to marketing and community involvement. I love getting a chance to go to these things here .... but I doubt they'd put us here so I'll be traveling that year.
  21. Bibby transferring
  22. Another new name to pop up on the transfer possibilities. Avg 8 pts as a Freshman 3* out of Orlando
  23. it's on ours USF SPRING RADIO SHOW LIVE ON APRIL 10 Two Coaches, One Show, Lots of Bulls Fun! Strong & Gregory to join Bulls fans 7-8 p.m. at World of Beer on Monday, April 10 TAMPA, March 30, 2017 – New USF head football coach Charlie Strong and new USF head men’s basketball coach Brian Gregory will join Bulls fans for a one-hour special spring radio show live from the World of Beer on East Fowler (2815 E. Fowler Ave.) on Monday, April 10. Fans are encouraged to attend the live broadcast, hosted by the Voice of the Bulls Jim Louk and football sideline reporter Thor Jozwiak, and enjoy food and drink specials, USF trivia contests and prizes and an opportunity to meet and take pictures with the Bulls’ newest head coaches. The spring radio show will air live from 7-8 p.m. on 820 AM in the Bay Area and can be streamed on GoUSFBulls.com. Trivia contests and prizes will begin at 6:30 p.m. prior to the start of the show. Strong will join the program in the first half hour to update fans on the football team’s spring practice ahead of the annual USF Spring Game on Saturday, April 15 at Corbett Stadium. The Bulls return 16 starters and several national award candidates, including senior quarterback Quinton Flowers, from last year’s No. 19-ranked team that went 11-2. Gregory, who was introduced as the Bulls’ 10th head men’s basketball coach on March 22, will join the program in the second half hour to discuss his vision for the USF men’s basketball program and the new additions to his coaching staff. Both coaches will be available to meet and take pictures and sign autographs for fans in attendance during the hour-long program. Rocky the Bull and USF cheerleaders will also be in attendance for photo opportunities with fans.