After being very busy in the late signing period, the 2008-09 Bulls basketball team is starting to take shape.
Couple that with five players transferring since 2007-2008; Guards Dante Curry, Aaron Holmes, Solomon Bozeman, and forwards Adamu Saaka and Orane Chin. The 2008-09 Bulls will have a different look and one that Head Coach Stan Heath has put his stamp on.
The Bulls return 6 players from last seasons roster. Seniors Jesus Verdejo (G/F) Mobalaji Ajayi (F/C), & Aris Williams (F). Juniors: Chris Howard (PG) & Mike Mercer (G) (Who will be eligible mid December) and Sophomore sensation Dominique Jones.
That makes up 11 of the 13 available scholarships. Which means Heath still has two more to use. Most likely they will try and add more size to the roster, and right now 6'11 Teeng Akol of IMG Academy is highest on the Bulls radar, but he still has academic hurdles to clear. Expect more roster additions this summer via a late commit or transfer.
Heath doesn't have to use both right now, and assuming that the Bulls use just one scholarship this year, they will have four available for 2009, one currently being earmarked for Shawn Noriega. Leaving room for a possible quality transfer as well.
Right now, the 2008-09 Bulls appear to be guard heavy, and will build off the strong performances by guards Jones, Verdejo, and Howard, but it will be very interesting to see what Stan Heath's team will look like when they hit the court.
2008 returning roster
|F||Aris Williams||32||6-9||235||SR||Georgetown Preparatory, MD|
|C/F||Mobolaji Ajayi||33||6-9||225||SR||Palm Beach Community College|
|G||Jesus Verdejo||23||6-4||205||SR||The Winchendon School, MA||G||Chris Howard||3||6-3||200||JR||Friendly HS), MD||G||Dominique Jones||0||6-4||205||SO||Lake Wales Senior HS, FL||G||Mike Mercer||6-4||190||SO*||South Gwinnett HS, GA|
||Notre Dame Prep, Fitchburg, MA|
|C||Alex Rivas||Pratt CC Pratt, KS|
|PG||Dwan McMillan||St. Benedict Prep, Newark, NJ|
|C||Eugene Teague||Apex Academy, Pennsauken, NJ|
|PF||Eladio Espinosa||Hargrave Military Acad, Chatham, VA|
|Committed to South Florida|
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