The team has been led by team veterans Chris Perry, Corey Allen Jr., and Anthony Collins, the only three players remaining on the roster from the previous season. Perry has recorded three double-doubles on the season and has proved a force inside, averaging 12.8 points and 7.5 rebounds per game. Anthony Collins, the last person in the program left over from the 2012 NCAA Tournament team, has provided much needed veteran leadership through the first thirteen contests. Benefiting from Antigua’s aggressive, up tempo style of offense, Allen Jr. leads the team in scoring with 16.9 points per game, attacking the rim with reckless abandon and a knack for taking matters into his own hands when needed in the final minutes of games. Meanwhile, newcomers such as Nehemias Morillo, Ruben Guerrero, and Bo Zeigler have supplied sparks of hustle, energy, and effort, giving indication of what Antigua is attempting to build moving forward.
In comparison, last year’s team fared better in non-conference play, going 9-4 heading into the New Year. However, Stan Heath’s team imploded down the stretch in AAC play, ultimately leading to his dismissal after seven seasons. Perhaps the fortunes of this young, competitive USF team will be different. Antigua spoke of the prospects of conference play after their matchup with Bowling Green. “We still have a lot of work (to do). We have a chance to start a new season with conference play at 0-0, but we’re focusing in on us and how we can improve. How do we give ourselves the best chance to compete every night, so that we can win?” The Bulls follow up their Wednesday conference opener with back to back home games against East Carolina and defending National Champion Uconn.