F Zach LeDay excited to finally ink with USF

USF Coach Stan Heath announced that the Bulls inked Zach LeDay out of the Colony, in Texas on Wednesday, the first day off the spring signing period. The 6'7 forward who committed back in January couldn't have been happier

With Wednesday being the first day off the spring signing period, USF Coach Stan Heath announced that the Bulls inked forward Zach LeDay out of the Colony, in Texas.

The standout forward committed to USF back in January over offers from Missouri, Vanderbilt, Fresno State, Xavier and Southern Miss and George Mason, among others, couldn't wait for this day to finally come.

"It feels great to finally sign, but to I honestly would've signed when I committed though. "That's how sure I was about my decision," said LeDay. "I just fell in love with the family atmosphere of the basketball program, the awesome new facilities, the great city of Tampa, and I feel that the coaching staff is going to help me get my game to another level."

The 6-foot-7, 217-pound forward will help replace the loss of graduating seniors Augustus Gilchrist and Ron Anderson jr.

"Zach was an important signee for us. He fills a void on our front line losing Ron [Anderson Jr.] and Gus [Gilchrist] ," Heath said. ". He's a guy that can score inside and out. He's very versatile in his game and has a great motor. We're very excited to add him to our 2012-13 class."

LeDay averaged a team-hight 20.6 points and 8.4 rebounds, 1.5 assists, 1.4 steals, and 1.5 blks per game during his senior season, reaching double-figure scoring in all but two games,  posting at least 20 points 17 times helping lead The Colony to a 30-6 record.

"Zach is a very hard worker and a tough kid whose motor runs all the time at a high level," said Assistant Coach Steve Roccaforte. "He's got great energy and is a mismatch because he is a 6-7 forward that can step out and shoot the ball well."

LeDay got to watch the Bulls develop into a true contender, making it to the Big East Conference quarterfinals, and a NCAA tournament run that took them one game from the Sweet 16, and enjoyed every minute of it.

"It really felt great, and made me even more excited about my decision, but I knew I was going to USF with or without the NCAA run," said LeDay. "I've been talking the Bulls up for awhile, but hardly have to pump them up because of how good they did this season and into the tourney. Everybody is excited to see what we're going to do next year.

During the early signing period the Bulls signed JUCO First Team All-American Waverly Austin, 4-star shooting guard Javontae Hawkins and top ranked 6-5 JUCO shooting guard Musa Abdul-Aleem, who will have three years to play. LeDay addition adds to the Bulls impressive recruiting class, that was ranked 12th in the country by HoopScoop, before his signing.  Leday sees a lot of potential for next year.

"I feel like we're going to be a top team in the Big East and could upset some more people like they did this year," said LeDay. "We're going to do even bigger things and I can't wait to get there!"


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