USF Hosts Four-Star Power Forward

The South Florida Men's Basketball team opened up the 2013 season in fashion with a 72-62 win over Tennessee Tech last night. Several recruits were on hand for the matchup inside the Sun Dome - including a four-star big man who caught up with.

Ranked as the 5th best power forward and the 19th player overall in the class of 2016, Tampa Preparatory four-star big man, Juwan Durham, has exploded onto the basketball scene after a strong performance at the Fab 48 tournament this past year.

The 6-foot-9, 195-pound athletic rim protector has immense potential and high accolades for just a sophomore. But for Durham, he knows he has to put the hard work in to reach that peak.

"Freshman year went pretty well," Durham said. "I had a lot of help from the seniors. For the upcoming season, I've been improving my ball handling, my go-to moves, and also my confidence and shot."

Durham's soft touch around the rim and defensive potential have earned him offers from Florida, Florida State, South Florida, Louisville, Alabama, Indiana, LSU and Butler amongst others.

On Saturday night, South Florida opened up regular season play against Tennessee Tech and came out on top with their 32nd opening season win in program history. Durham made the short trip over to the Bulls' campus to take in the atmosphere brewing inside the Sun Dome.

"I came up to watch the game and to catch up with my good friend, Josh Heath," Durham said. "I got my offer from USF in the beginning of my freshman year. They always show interest and they've watched a few of my games here and there. It was fun."

Offering the big man at only 14 years old as an up-and-coming freshman, coach Stan Heath and his staff knew the limitless potential Durham possessed as a big man.

"The coaches said I'd be a great fit for them and I have a chance to be really good one day."

It's very early in the recruiting process for the Tampa native. Right now, academics are the biggest priority in the Durham household and he currently has no schools standing out.

"No, Not really (leaders), Durham said. "I mainly focus on high school right now and getting good grades."

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