Bulls Open Practice for 2010-11 Hoops Season

The University of South Florida men's basketball team took the court for the first time of the 2010-11 season Friday. Coach stan Heath and the Bulls have hopes of building off of last year's successful 20-win season, and the first return to the postseason since 2002

TAMPA - On Friday, Oct. 15, the University of South Florida men's basketball team took the court for the first time of the 2010-11 season, in hopes of building off of last year's successful 20-win season.

The Bulls return three big men in senior Jarrid Famous, junior Augustus Gilchrist and sophomore Toarlyn Fitzpatrick, and add junior Ron Anderson, who sat out last season after transferring from Kansas State.

Listen to Coach Heath talk about the upcoming season.

USF's returning upperclassmen put together solid numbers last season as Gilchrist averaged 13.4 points and 5.9 rebounds per game and Famous recorded 10.4 points and 7.5 boards in his first year with the Bulls.

Listen to Jarrid Famous.

Starting as a true freshman, Fitzpatrick averaged 4.3 points and 4.5 rebounds for the Bulls and two seasons ago, Anderson had 5.2 points and 5.3 rebounds per night for K-State.

Listen to Augustus Gilchrist.

Junior Anthony Crater is the only returning guard with significant playing experience, but sophomores Mike Burwell and Shawn Noriega have been in the system a year and will move into stronger roles in the 2010-11 season.

Crater joined the team in January after transferring from Ohio State and added lightning speed to the team. Burwell and Noriega are long range shooters who saw time as reserves in 19 and 20 games, respectively.

USF welcomes a true freshman in LaVonte Dority and a trio of junior college transfers in sophomore Jawanza Poland and juniors Shedrick Haynes and Hugh Robertson.

Robertson ranked as the nation's No. 2 junior college prospect at the shooting guard/small forward position out of Tallahassee CC, while Poland was the No. 3 prospect in the same category. Robertson averaged 11.6 points, 4.7 rebounds and 2.1 assists in 31 games as a sophomore and Poland was the Kansas Jayhawk East All-Conference Freshman of the Year collecting 13.5 points and 3.6 rebounds per game at Cowley CC two seasons ago.

Dority averaged 20 points, six assists and 4.8 rebounds in his senior season at Foreman High in Chicago and Haynes was an all-region player averaging 18.5 points per game at Lackawanna JC in Pennsylvania.

2009-10 In Review
In his third season in Tampa, Head Coach Stan Heath led the Bulls to USF's third 20-win season with a 20-13 record, and returned to the postseason for the first time since 2002 as the Bulls hosted NC State in the first round of the National Invitation Tournament. The Bulls also earned their first win in the BIG EAST Championship and registered the school's best regular season BIG EAST record with nine wins, more than doubling the previous season's four.

In 2009-10, USF registered back-to-back victories over ranked teams against No. 17 Pittsburgh (Jan. 31) and at No. 7 Georgetown (Feb. 3). The win over the Hoyas was USF's first-ever road win over a Top 10 team.

On Jan. 23 in Rhode Island, Heath and the Bulls defeated Providence 109-105 in overtime for the first road victory of the season, which sparked a four-game BIG EAST winning streak: at Providence, Seton Hall, No. 17 Pittsburgh and at No. 7 Georgetown. During the four-game winning streak, USF earned national recognition, receiving votes in the Feb. 8 Associated Press Poll.

USF finished with three straight wins to end the regular season, including a road win at DePaul and a 75-68 win over UConn, who was an NCAA bubble team at the time.

USF won nine games away from the Sun Dome in 2009-10 (9-8), an enormous improvement over the previous season's 2-15 mark. The Bulls won three league games on the road in 2009-10, and only one in 2008-09.

USF was led by an explosive junior guard named Dominique Jones, who ended the year as the only player in the country averaging at least 21.0 points, 6.0 rebounds and 3.0 assists per game. At Providence, he had 46 points, 10 rebounds and 8 assists. He was a first team All-BIG EAST player, won the BIG EAST scoring title and was named to the AP Honorable Mention All-America Team.

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