With the start of the early signing period, USF Head basketball Coach Stan Heath has announced that point guard Shaun Noriega and guard Jordan Dumars signed their NCAA LOI's on Wednesday. The early signing period runs Nov. 12 through Nov 19, and the Bulls look to be active as Heath builds his program.
"We felt we needed to address our perimeter shooting and both Shaun and Jordan are very skilled players that can stretch the defense and consistently knock down 3-point shots," said USF Head Coach Stan Heath. "We also felt both players had very high basketball IQ's and will be players that will make good decisions and be good teammates. Both players come from winning programs and have very strong academic backgrounds." --Coach Stan Heath.
Detroit Country Day in
Dumars plays for Detroit Country Day, one of the top high school programs in the country and seven-time Michigan state champion. As a junior averaged 14 points and six rebounds, and set a school-record nine 3-point field goals in one game. He also shot better than 80 percent from the free throw line and over 42 percent from 3-point rang As a sophomore was the sixth man on Country Day's state championship team. Was rated as the 92nd best small forward nationally by ESPN.com, and is son of former Detroit Pistons great and current Pistons President of Basketball Operations Joe Dumars Joe spent his entire 14-year career with the Pistons and was a six-time All-Star, won two NBA Championships and was the 1989 NBA Finals MVP.
Chose USF over Duquesne, Dayton and Michigan.
|EVALUATION: Dumars is known as a big time shooter with very good range, and has the ability to stretch defenses with his perimeter shooting.. He does not have elite athleticism or quickness, but makes up for the lack of speed with crafty post up jumpers and he uses his "thick" body well to create space for his drives to the basket. He's a smart player that picks his spots to destroy a defense. He has a great basketball pedigree and it shows with his high basketball I.Q. and good basketball instincts.|
|"Jordan has great bloodlines. His feel for the game, his strength to go with his skills, are plusses that will help him contribute to our team. He has a lot of basketball upside in front of him and will continue to work hard to get better. I know he is very excited about being a part of our program as well as we are." --USF Head Coach Stan Heath|
High School: North Port (North Port, FL)
Helped North Port to a 20-7 record last season where he averaged 24.1 points and 4.1 rebounds, to go along with 28 assists and 43 steals, and is already the school's all-time leading scorer with 1,282 points in just three seasons. Was a Class 5A Third-Team All-State pick as a junior, as well as the 5A Sarasota/Manatee County Player of the Year, and also a Charlotte Sun-Herald First-Team All Area selection as a junior and sophomore. Was MVP of the Suncoast Cup Tournament .
Chose USF over Notre Dame, Butler & Washington State
6-4, 195 Scout rating:
|EVALUATION: Good sized wing guard with a deadly stroke from beyond the arc. Best off the catch but is improving his ability to create space for his shot off the bounce. Underrated leaping ability, mainly because he lacks the aggressiveness, at this point, to show it on the offensive or defensive glass. Could be a very good rebounder for his position in time. Has the strength and lift to get his shot off with defenders up close. Still lacking the overall foot speed to guard his position consistently but his very strong work ethic should allow him to improve on his weaknesses enough to catch up to his strengths. His strength is catching, shooting but has improved steadily in every area since his sophomore year.|
|"We were looking at several players state-wide that fit the athletic, wing-player, skilled shooting-player mold and he was the first player we identified. Shaun was very excited about South Florida and we continued to follow him and Shaun made a decision early in the process that this is where he wanted to be. His shooting skills, his ability to elevate to get his shot, as well the athletic ability to play above the rim are two special traits that Shaun has that will help our program." --Head Coach Stan Heath|
No USF class would be complete without the signing of a star sunshine state, and Orlando Christian Prep power Forward Keith Clanton fits that bill perfectly. 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., and was the Florida Dairy Farmers Class 1A Player of the Year.
Clanton didn't sign yesterday, but is expected to sign in the early period as he is still deciding between USF and UCF as his final school choices.
Stay tuned USFNation.com with signing day Q & A's with both guards and keep you updated throughout the early signing period.
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