It may be the start of the football season, but inside the Sun Dome, it's always March.
Although Midnight Madness in mid-October traditionally marks the start of college basketball, teams across the country are already hard at work preparing for the 2009-10 campaign. Stan Heath and his Bulls are definitely no exception.
"Honestly, I think this is the most important time of the year," USF's third-year head coach said Friday afternoon. "It's our first chance to get on the floor with them, see where they are, mold them, bring them together and do a lot of teaching. It's the foundation for how our season's going to go."
The NCAA currently allows coaches and players to interact eight hours per week, including two hours of direct skill instruction. USF uses that opportunity to conduct three, 40-minute sessions on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Until Sept. 16, players work out four to a group in the Sun Dome, polishing their footwork, ball handling and shooting touch.
On Friday, those groups looked like this: Group one – Chris Howard, Mike Burwell, Jordan Dumars, Anthony Crater; Group two – Dominique Jones, Mike Mercer, Ryan Kardok; Group three – Shaun Noriega, Ron Anderson, Toarlyn Fitzpatrick; Group four – Gus Gilchrist, Jarrid Famous, Alex Rivas.
USFNation's Dave Glaser and Larry Weisbaum were on hand to bring you some observations and a first look at the 2009-10 BasketBulls . . .
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In the meantime check out a few images from the session.
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