The USF men's basketball team and head coach Stan Heat kicked off the first day of the spring signing period with the announcement that point guard Shedrick Haynes and small forward Hugh Robertson signed their National Letters of Intent on Wednesday.
The two junior college transfers will join the team in the fall of 2010 and add much needed depth and experience to the roster. Both will have two years of eligibility with the Bulls, and try to help fill the void left by the loss of guards Dominique Jones and Chris Howard .
Shedrick Haynes, averaged 18.5 points per game and had 105 rebounds, 71 assists and 36 steals for Lackawanna JC in Scranton, Pa., but is originally from Bradenton, FL. The 6-0, 185-pound guard with a 42-inch vertical was one of the country's top JUCO 3-point shooters, hitting 98 From beyond the arc at 42 percent clip in his sophomore season, and was named to the Region XIX Division II All-Region First Team.
Haynes was a standout at Palmetto High School in both basketball and football, then went to Manatee Community College in the fall of 2008, where he averaged 13 points, four assists and three steals per game as a freshman and was named to the SunCoast All-Conference Team.
"We are excited about Shedrick joining the Bulls," said Coach Heath. "He will help us as a point guard, not only to run the team as a point guard, but also to shoot the ball from that position. He is a good communicator on the floor and is excited to be a Bull."
Hugh Robertson was rankede as the nation's No. 2 junior college prospect at the shooting guard/small forward position. The 6-5, 195-pound shooting guard averaged 11.6 points, 4.7 rebounds and 2.1 assists in 31 games, leading Tallahassee CC to the 2010 FCCAA Championship game and a 25-6 overall record. He shot 48.3 percent from the field and hit 38.3 of his shots from long range as a sophomore and was named to the 2010 FCCAA All-Tournament Team. As a rookie, he averaged 12.0 points and 4.5 rebounds while shooting 48.0 percent from the floor earned honorable mention All-Panhandle Conference, and was also named to the Panhandle Conference All-Academic Team.
Originally from Macon, Ga., he played his prep ball at Northeast High School, where he averaged 18.3 points and 9.2 rebounds per game, and earned Bibb County Player of the Year honors, as well as All-Bibb County and second team Preseason All-Middle Georgia accolades.
"Hugh is a very important player for us, especially with our needs at the wing positions," said Heath. "He brings experience to the Bulls, he is athletic and has good basketball skills. We are looking forward to his two years at USF."
The two junior college signees join point guard LaVonte Dority and center Waverly Austin who both signed in the November signing period.