Bulls Add Front Court Depth With Ajayi

TAMPA, Fla. (May 16, 2007) – The University of South Florida men's basketball team has announced the signing of junior college standout Mobolaji Ajayi to a National Letter of Intent for the upcoming 2007-08 campaign, first-year head coach Stan Heath released Wednesday afternoon.

Ajayi, a 6-9, 225-pounder, will arrive on campus this summer and have two seasons of eligibility with the Bulls.

"Mobolaji adds both size and athleticism to our front line," Heath said. "He is a versatile player who can play either forward position, as well as center."

The Kano, Nigeria, native competed for Palm Beach Community College in 2006-07, where he was a First Team All-Region VIII selection. He helped the Panthers to an overall record of 17-15 in his lone campaign with the program, averaging 8.9 points and 7.5 rebounds (18th in the region) per game while shooting 54.9 percent (16th in the region) from the field. .

Ajayi posted eight double-doubles on the year and was named the school's male student-athlete of the year.

Ajayi began his career at Crichton College in Memphis, Tenn., which competes in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA). He was named to the TranSouth Athletic Conference All-Freshman Team in 2005-06 after contributing 7.1 points and 5.7 rebounds per game. He shot 47.2 percent from the floor and helped the team to an overall record of 18-12.

"Mobolaji is a strong rebounder and has the ability to defend multiple positions," Heath said. "He has also shown the ability to score around the basket and knock down a mid-range jumper."


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