USF Bulls Gain Experience and Leadership With New Additions

Drew GatewoodAnalyst IApril 14, 2010

LOUISVILLE, KY - DECEMBER 30:  Stan Heath the Head Coach of the South Florida Bulls ireacts during the Big East Conference game against the Louisville Cardinals on December 30, 2009 in Louisville, Kentucky.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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The USF Bulls added some much needed depth today with the signing of both Shedrick Haynes and Hugh Robertson. The newest Bulls come from the junior College ranks and will have two years of eligibility remaining.

Haynes is no stranger to the USF program being a Bradenton, Fl native. He has however, been away from home in his past few seasons. He was a star for Lackawanna Junior College in Scranton Pennsylvania.

Hayes averaged 18.5 points last season and was a member of the All-Regional team; all while being one of the top three point shooters in the junior college ranks. He finished the season averaging 42 percent from behind the arc. “We’re excited about Shedrick joining us,” Head coach Stan Heath was quoted during the press conference.

Haynes will be looked upon to help fill the hole left by Chris Howard, the do it all senior graduate. Anthony Crater and Haynes will team up in an effort to maintain the high level of play voided by Howard, and Dominique Jones.

Hugh Robertson is a small forward/ shooting guard and was ranked as the No. 2 junior college prospect in the country. He played for the Tallahassee Community College and averaged 11.6 points and 4.7 rebounds during his time there. He was named the FCCAA All-Tournament Team, all awhile shooting 48.3 percent from the field.

Robertson hails from Georgia where he averaged 18.3 points and 9.2 rebounds in high school.  “Hugh is very important for our wing positions,” Heath said. Robertson will attempt to take recent graduate Mike Mercer’s minutes. His experience should help limit the learning curve, getting him into the action much quick than the incoming freshman.

The Bulls need some experience to come in, something they probably wont get from true freshman. Losing Christ Howard, Mike Mercer, and Dominique Jones, leaves the Bulls looking for leadership. That leadership should be able to be found in both Haynes and Robertson. Both players have been productive at their prospective and come in with the confidence they need to help lead a team that’s young, but talented.