Evaluating the 2013 USF MBB recruiting class

Posted: June 28, 2013 in Basketball

Time for the first basketball post in site history, woohoo!

Basketball season is still a ways off, but it is never a bad time to post something about the team.  Let’s take a look at the 2013 recruiting class and see what this group brings to the Bulls as they try to get to the dance.

Dre’kalo Clayton – 6’5″ 230 lbs. – Power forward – Orlando, FL (Orlando Christian HS)

Clayton, a 3-star recruit, is a gifted athlete that can battle on defense and position his body well in the paint for rebounds.  He has a solid frame and can still add at least another 10 pounds of muscle to help him add the bulk needed to compete in the paint in the DI level.  He will probably be a bench player, much like Zach Leday did last season for the Bulls and could see some spot starting time as well.  Don’t expect him to light up the scoreboard, but he will contribute and should develop into a solid front post player for the Bulls.

Drew Davis – 6′ 165 lbs – Point guard – Fort Walton Beach, FL (Fort Walton Beach HS)

Davis is headed to prep school this season and will have a chance to join the Bulls in 2014.  He is a solid point guard (teammates with John Egbunu) and would be a solid addition to the roster and help add depth at the guard position.  Time will tell if he makes it to Tampa.

John Egbunu – 6’9″ 236 lbs. – Center – Fort Walton Beach, FL (Fort Walton Beach HS)

Rated as a 4-star recruit by Rivals.com and rated the 22nd best center in the country, the Bulls are bringing in one of their biggest needs for the 2013 season with Egbunu as they try to sure up the paint.  Egbunu is considered a Dwight Howard type talent, able to crash the boards, but also a huge weapon on offense that has a soft touch to get the easy baskets for the team.  Egbunu is probably the most hyped player in this class and should be a starter in my opinion.  USF didn’t have a real center last season and Egbunu easily slides into a starting role and could be the anchor in the middle for Heath and crew.

Egbunu won’t be on campus till the end of August. He has to take some classes in order to qualify academically for the Bulls.   Hopefully he will get it cleared up and be here.

Josh Heath – 6′ 165 lbs. – Point guard – Tampa, FL (Tampa Prep)

Heath, the son of coach Stan Heath, is a local star that took his team to the state title and decided to stay home and play for dad.  Heath is a solid point guard that could play some valuable minutes for the Bulls.  The Bulls struggled a lot last season without a true back-up point guard, so Heath could fill that void on the roster.  I don’t expect him to get a lot of playing time, but when he does, he should be reliable enough to run the point and won’t force the fans to pull their hair out like they did last season when Collins sat down.

Chris Perry – 6’8″ 247 lbs. – Center – Bartow, FL (Bartow HS)

Perry, a 3-star recruit from right here in the state, brings a paint presence that the Bulls lacked in 2012.  He played center in high school, but projects more to a power forward at the DI level.  He has a big frame, but moves well both in transition and in the paint.  He is a solid defender and should help the Bulls front line in grabbing rebounds.  Perry could be a starter on day one, depending on where Heath moves Victor Rudd on the front line.  Look for a lot of minutes for Perry this season (If you follow Perry on Twitter, aka Skippy Walnuts, this guy is hilarious and already one of my favorite players).

Byron Zeigler – 6’6″ 185 lbs. – Small Forward – Detroit, MI (Detroit Community)

Heath has had some luck recruiting in Michigan (grabbed Hawkins last season) and came away with talented Zeigler.  Rated 3-stars, Zeigler is a big time athlete that can slash across the court and finish high at the rim.  Zeigler reminds me a little bit like McHugh Mattis.  For those who aren’t as old as I am, Mattis was a skinny, 6’6″ forward that made a name for himself for his big dunks and springs in his legs.  Zeigler, the film I have watched, seems to be the same style player, but has a lot more lateral quickness.  I would expect him to come off the bench this season.

Corey Allen – 6′ – Point guard – St. Louis, MO (Mount San Antonio College – Junior college)

Allen, who averaged 21 PPG and 4 APG last season, was a late but valuable addition to the recruiting class.  He is a solid combo guard that can score and run the point.  The Bulls struggled without a reliable back-up at point guard last season, but Allen should be able to solve that issue for Coach Heath. Like Egbunu, Allen has some class work to do and won’t be on campus until the end of August.

Overall, this could be Coach Heath’s best class on paper.  When Egbunu gets here (if) he will be the center and with Perry in the paint, USF will greatly improve in the post in both scoring and rebounding.  With his son and Allen, USF also bolsters their guard position, giving Collins more time to catch his breath.  With this class and the returning nucleus of Rudd, Collins, and others, 2013-2014 could be a special year for the Bulls.

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