USF 2010 Offseason: Bulls Sign Another Guard, Accept Bid for Pan Am Games

Drew GatewoodAnalyst IMay 16, 2010

NEW YORK - MARCH 10:  Head coach Stan Heath of the USF Bulls looks on from the sidelines against the Georgetown Hoyas during the second round of 2010 NCAA Big East Tournament at Madison Square Garden on March 10, 2010 in New York City.  (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)
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Stan Heath has been busy in Tampa these past few weeks. He has accepted a bid for his team to play in the Pan American Games this summer and has added another guard in Jawanza Poland.

Poland comes from Cowley College and is the third-ranked junior college guard in the country. His 6’4’’, 195-pound frame is big enough for the physical Big East play, but his shooting skills are what gets him the acclaim. He’s averaging 13.5 points and 3.5 rebounds per game this season.

Poland will have three years of eligibility remaining on his tenure in Tampa. He will compete with LaVonte Dority, Shedrick Haynes, and Anthony Crater this season for playing time.

That playing time will come sooner than October for the Bulls this season. USF will represent the USA this August in Brazil for the Pan Am games.

“It is an honor for us to represent the United States in an international event,” said Heath.

The Bulls will suit up 12 players in USA uniforms and play using FIBA rules during a five-game stretch starting August 9. They will compete against seven other teams, including Chile and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

In other news for the Bulls, Dominique Jones has officially said goodbye to the Sun Dome in pursuit of his NBA dreams.

“I feel like I did everything I could do at USF. It is time for me to move on,” Jones was quoted as saying during his final press conference at USF.

He finished his career by winning the Big East scoring title. He averaged 21.4 points, 6.1 rebounds, and 3.6 assists as a junior this season. During his career, he amassed enough stats to find his name all over the USF record books.

He leaves USF as one of the best to ever play in the Green and Gold, making his shoes even bigger to fill next season.