Highly recruited Junior College power forward/center, Jarrid Famous made his college decision today. Famous had narrowed his search to Missouri, Arizona, Seton Hall, and the University of South Florida. No, he did not commit to Missouri who made it to the Elite Eight this past season, nor did he commit the well respected Arizona Wildcats. He didn’t even commit to a struggling Seton Hall program. Instead, Famous will be taking his talents to USF. That’s right USF. Wait, they have a basketball team?? Apparently they do, although with their program’s “success” I can see why no one would notice.
The three schools that Famous passed up combined for 67 wins last season. USF managed a grand total of nine. In the Big East, the Bulls went 4-14. Their four wins included two against DePaul who failed to win one Big East game. Overall, USF was 9-22 with non conference losses including Virginia, Wright State, Oral Roberts, and Niagra. The Bulls finished the year with an RPI of 190. The three schools he passed up totaled RPI ratings of 145 and that includes Seton Hall’s RPI rank of 101. Now I’m not saying a college player should make his decision based on RPI ratings, but the fact is, the Bulls are miserable. Even if Famous gives them 5 more wins than last season, they are still going to miss the NIT by a mile. He will get no exposure playing in the lowly obscurity that is USF basketball.
Since 2002, USF has gone a total of 75-130. The Bulls have a total of 16 wins against current Big East teams since that time and have had season win totals in single digits (3 times), more often than they have surpassed twelve wins (once in 2002). They haven’t been to any sort of post-season in this decade.
It’s not for a lack of talent at USF either. In the 2007-2008 season, USF saw senior Kentrell Gransberry selected to the All Big East first team, while freshman Dominique Jones was given All Big East honorable mention honors. It appears that even if Famous can earn All Big East honors, it likely will not matter for the overall success of the USF Bulls.
USF plays in the Sun Dome, a 10,000 seat arena built in 1977. Even in the Bulls home win against Cincinnati, there were fewer than 5,000 people in attendance. In their non-conference games, home attendance was regularly below 3,000. I’m sorry, but the Sun Dome is no Mizzou Arena. The USF basketball program is nowhere near the other 3 schools Famous turned down. Now I know players sometimes like to go to a more obscure school and try to raise it to prominence, but USF is so far out of contention in the Big East that it will be years (Famous can only play there for two), before they even near the NIT tournament.
All of this writing is irrelevant, because the decision is already made, but the reality is, USF was a surprising choice, and in my mind the wrong one. But like Kim English’s facebook status says:
“South Florida?? I’m flabbergasted … Idc though.. Safford, ramsey, bowers, Moore and dewitt sound pretty good to me.”
Kimmie, I agree.