Previewing South Florida

NC State's next opponent, South Florida, has started the season 3-0 behind senior point guard Anthony Collins. Here is a quick preview of the Bulls.


    G- 11 Anthony Collins (11.0 ppg, 5.3 apg)
    G- 04 Corey Allen (11.3 ppg, 5.0 rpg)
    G- 05 Neherrias Morillo (10.3 ppg, 7.0 rpg)
    F- 01 Chris Perry (19.0 ppg, 8.3 rpg)
    C- 15 Jaleel Cousins (5.7 ppg, 3.0 rpg)

    Anthony Collins -- A dynamic playmaker, Collins runs the show for South Florida. He's averaging 11 points, 5.3 assists, 4 rebounds, and 1.7 steals this season.

    South Florida Notables

    "I am extremely happy with our resilience and how we continue to weather storms with the ups and downs of the game. Our leadership stepped up tonight and we continue to grow each game." - Orlando Antigua on UAB’s win at UAB

    Chris Perry was awarded for his efforts by being one of five named to the American Athletic Conference Honor Roll on Nov. 17.

    - Perry averaged 19.5 points and 8.5 rebounds to help USF to a 2-0 record with wins over Flagler (75-61) and Jackson State (73-64). In the win over Jackson State, Perry scored a career-high 21 points and added 10 rebounds for his third career double-double.

    Recording a double-double isn’t so uncommon, recording one in your career debut is. Nehemias Morillo recorded a double-double in his USF debut on Nov. 14 against Flagler with 13 points and 10 rebounds. The last USF player to record a double-double in his USF debut was McHugh Mattis on Nov. 18, 2005. Mattis had 11 points and 15 rebounds in the 69-52 win over Alcorn State.

    USF was busy during the early signing period and signed three to national letters of intent including two four-star prospects.

    - Tulio Da Silva is a 6-8, 200-pound forward from Brazil and is currently playing at Arlington Country Day High School in Jacksonville, Fla. Da Silva is one of the most unknown players in the country, but was given a four-star rating by

    - Louis Santos is a 6-8, 245-pound forward from Bronx, N.Y. and is currently playing at Sunrise Christian High School in Wichita, Kan. Santos was given a four-star rating by He attended St. Raymond High School in Bronx, N.Y., the same school as head coach Orlando Antigua and assistant coach Oliver Antigua.

    - Jahmal McMurray is a 6-0, 175-pound guard from Topeka, Kan. and is currently playing at Sunrise Christian Prep in Wichita, Kan. McMurray was given a three-star rating by He was a three-time all-state selection at Highland Park High School in Topeka.

    - Junior guard Anthony Collins and sophomore forward Chris Perry were selected to the American Athletic Conference Preseason Second Team.

    - Collins was named to the preseason second team last year and averaged 6.9 points and 5.9 assists in eight games before ending his season short do to a left knee injury. Perry ended last season on the American Athletic Conference All-Rookie Team after averaging 8.9 points and 5.3 rebounds per game.

    Along with being named a member of the American Athletic Conference Preseason Second Team, Chris Perry has received some early recognition from two prominent sports websites.

    - In September, Sports Illustrated’s Luke Winn named Perry one of five Break Out Sophomores for the upcoming season. Winn writes: “The 266-pounder could grow into one of the AAC’s better forwards in a few years’ time... The rate at which he produced offense off the bench as a freshman suggests he can handle that role.”

    - In early November, CBS Sports’ Jon Rothstein named Perry one of 20 under-the-radar players. Rothstein writes: “Orlando Antigua needs a foundation piece to lean on as he builds the Bulls’ program and Perry looks to be the guy who fills that void. The 6-8 power forward has a Danny Fortson-like feel to his game. Pencil him in for a double-double as a sophomore.”

    With a coaching change comes roster turnover. Not many teams were effected more with a coaching change than USF. Nine players departed last year’s team, two to graduation.

    - USF returned only three, Corey Allen Jr., Anthony Collins and Chris Perry, who played in an NCAA game last season. By that measure, USF is the second youngest team in the country. Only Tennessee State has returned fewer players who played last season with two. USF and Troy are the only teams with three.

    - Among American Athletic Conference schools, USF will be going against much more veteran teams.

    Team        Players with NCAA Experience

    USF                                             3

    Memphis                                     7

    UCF                                             7

    Cincinnati                                    8

    Tulane                                          9

    UConn                                          9

    Houston                                     10

    Temple                                        11

    Tulsa                                            11

    East Carolina                               12

    SMU                                             12

    A home game against Seton Hall, road contests at NC State and Alabama and a neutral site game against Florida State highlight the non-conference schedule.

    - Six USF opponents are earning points in the AP Top 25, two of which are ranked with No. 17 UConn and No. 22 SMU. Others earning points are Memphis, NC State, Cincinnati and Florida State.

    - The American Athletic Conference added East Carolina, Tulane and Tulsa and lost Louisville and Rutgers. With the conference at 11 members, all teams this season will play a home-and-home with eight teams and will play two teams just once. USF’s one-plays are at Cincinnati on Feb. 7 and at home against Memphis on Feb. 14.

    South Florida athletics contributed to this report.

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