"We are excited to have Justin join us for the 2008-09 season," said USF Head Coach Stan Heath. "He is a true point guard who will give us added depth in the backcourt."
Leemow spent the past year at Mt. Zion Christian Academy in Durham, N.C. Averaging 13.5 points, 4 assists and 2 steals per game this past season as a member of the post-graduate team. He also split time on the national team at Mt. Zion. Prior to Mt. Zion, he spent two years at The Patterson School in Lenoir, N.C. and two years at Xaverian High School in Brooklyn.
"They got a great coach and a good team," said Leemow. "Coach is giving me a chance. So I felt that's the school for me."
The Bulls and Leemow have been talking for about a month, and before deciding on the Bulls Leemow had other interests including Cincinnati, La Salle, UCF, Colorado, Houston, among others.
"USF was like a dream school for me," said Leemow. "I always wanted to play for a school where I could change things around. When you look at the Big East, you see them at the bottom, and when I saw that I thought I could play there and help change things for them." Leemow also is friends with another Bulls freshman Gus Gilchrest, and that played a big part in his choice.
"Yeah Gus and me played on the same AAU team DC Assault. The chance to play with him again made USF a good place to call home."
Leemow was rated as the 110th best junior recruit in New York City by Hoopscooponline.com in 2006, and played in several AAU and summer leagues including the Gauchos and Juice All-stars out of Brooklyn.
While playing for a new AAU team "Raising Champions" at the Real Deal on the Hill, Leemow was named All Second tournament team. Playing for Big Apple Sports, Leemow took MVP honors at the McDonald Memorial Tournament with his seven threes and 30 plus points in May 2007.
"I played with a guy I train with, Big Apple sports isn't AAU, but has big time games in NYC. I got MVP in that one after my seven threes and like 38 points."
Leemow already visited the campus about a week and a half ago. Toured the school, the facilities and left impressed.
"The Campus is sweet, and it's nice to go somewhere that's nice, and you got to have a good football team and hopefully we can turn the basketball team around just like that."
Leemow is still in New York but will be flying into Tampa tomorrow.
"My mom is coming with me tomorrow, and I'm real excited. And ready to get it started."
Watch a highlight clip of Justin Leemow at Mt Zion
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