Today is national signing day for college basketball, and the fax machines will be popping around the nation as several programs are looking to add quality players to their programs during the early signing period. The South Florida Bulls are no exception.
USF Head Coach Stan Heath is expected to sign two recruits at the start of the early signing period today in point guards Shaun Noriega from North Port HS and Jordan Dumars, the son of former Pistons star Joe Dumars. Coach Heath and the Bulls are also one of the two finalists for PF Keith Clanton of Orlando Christian, but that decision may not come for several days.
All-State guard Shaun Noriega from North Port HS, FL was Coach Heath's first commitment for the '09 class back in April.
Noriega 6'4-195 pounds, was a third team All-State selection for class 5A North Port after averaging 24.1 PPG, 4.1 Rebounds, and shot 39 percent from beyond the arc with 85 3-pointers on the season. He was also named Charlotte Sun-Herald First-Team All Area, and class 5A player of the year. Noriega also owns North Port 's career scoring record with 1,282 points in just three seasons.
From an athletic standpoint Noriega is a 6'4 195 pounds kid whose strength is scoring, and averaged over 30 points per game over the last 10 games of the season. He's steadily improved every year after averaging 19 points as a sophomore and is ranked #1 in the class of 2009 in South West Florida by SWFLHoops.com
Heath and the Bulls also expect to ink Detroit 's Country Day HS point guard Jordan Dumars, son of former NBA all-star Joe Dumars
Dumars is a 6'6, 230-pound shooting guard that plays for Country Day High School , and also plays AAU basketball for the Family out of Detroit .
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 .
No USF class would be complete without the signing of a sunshine state, and Orlando Christian Prep power Forward Keith Clanton fits that bill perfectly, but isn't expected to sign today as he is deciding between USF and UCF as his final school choices.
Clanton is rated a 3-star power forward by Scout.com, and is one of the premier big men in the state after averaging 21 points, 64.9-percent from the floor, 13.9 rebounds and 3.1 blocks leading Orlando Christian to a 27-2 record and its first state championship last season. During the playoff run, Clanton had 12 blocks and a triple-double in the semi-final, and was the championship game MVP after scoring 23 points with14 rebounds, and was the Florida Dairy Farmers Class 1A Player of the Year.
Stay tuned USFNation.com as we update you as the LOI's are faxed in, and get comments from Coach Heath on the 2009 class