Coach Heath and the Bulls continue to be busy this off-season when they got another verbal commitment for the '09 class. This time it's from Jordan Dumars, son of former NBA all-star Joe Dumars Sunday.
"I committed last night," said Dumars. "I was sitting in my room last night checking out face book and my dad walked in and said are you ready to call Coach Heath? I said yes, called coach and told him USF is where I need to be."
Dumars is a 6'6, 230-pound shooting guard that plays for Detroit's Country Day High School, and also plays AAU basketball for the Family out of Detroit.
"One of the main reasons I chose USF was Coach Heath," Said Dumars. "Being from Michigan I didn't grow up rooting for South Florida, and didn't know much about them, But Coach Heath is from Michigan and knows my dad, and I really felt comfortable with him. "
After only playing in 10 games due to injury Dumars finished averaging 14 points and 6 rebounds per game. He is also a shooter, with an 80% free throw AVG, and hitting 42 percent from 3-point range while setting a school record with nine 3-pointers in a game against Lake Orion.
"They don't have a rich history as some other schools, but they have so many other things to offer," said Dumars. "Another big thing was playing in the Big East, the best conference in college basketball. That's where I wanted to play. And honestly it's a very nice city, it's beautiful down there."
The Bulls started to recruit Dumars in the fall when the staff visited County Day to check out Dumars and his teammates. After the season, the staff stayed in contact and while traveling to see the Pistons play Orlando in the playoffs this spring, Dumars made a visit to the USF campus.
"Before game four of that series I made a trip to Tampa and I fell in love with it," said Dumars, "I loved the Campus, the facilities, and where the basketball team stays. I met the academic advisor and she was real nice, and obviously I really love the coaching staff. Also the Tampa Bay area is incredible, it's so nice and beautiful, and I loved it. I know they are expanding everything, so when I get there it will probably be even better."
Dumars says he plays the 2-guard and knows what he brings to the court.
"I really know the game, I learned it from my dad," said Dumars. "Offensively, I'm known as a shooter and can hit from different places on the floor, especially from downtown. I'm a big guard so if the defender is small, I can also take him to the post, and if he's big, I can separate and hit."
Before choosing to be a Bull, Dumars said he had interest from schools like Duquesne, Dayton and Michigan, plus others.
"My recruitment was a little bit different," said Dumars. "Besides Duquesne, Dayton and Michigan, the schools that came at me the hardest were Michigan State, other schools showing interest were, Stanford, Kansas, UCLA and Kentucky was on me pretty hard, and all stayed in contact."
Missing a good portion of his junior season with a knee sprain caused some teams to play the wait and see game with Dumars
"It was only a sprain, and it wasn't that teams were scared of my injury, it was just that they didn't get to see me play a lot during the season, and wanted to see me play this year," said Dumars. "But it was all about USF, and I knew for awhile I was going to go there it was just a matter of time."
Now that his decision is made Dumars said he can concentrate on basketball and school.
"I'm so excited," said Dumars. "Yesterday I had so much energy. All I could do was go outside and shoot hoops with my friends and think about how perfect it is down there."
Dumars hasn't set his official visit yet, but stick with USFNation, and we'll update you on Jordan's AAU circuit this summer.
Jordan Dumars Son of NBA Great Commits to USF
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