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Bulls get midpoint grades

By PETE YOUNG, Times Staff Writer
© St. Petersburg Times
published January 22, 2002

Depending on how deep South Florida advances into the postseason, we're at roughly the midpoint of the schedule, with the Bulls 12-5, 3-2 in Conference USA.

Which means it's time for midseason evaluations.

Grades are based on overall performance and production and how each player is doing relative to preseason expectations.

Jimmy Baxter, So., G/F. The Boca Ciega graduate has been inconsistent in relief of Altron Jackson. Grade: C+

Mike Bernard, Sr., C. "Shrek" shook the rust from his eight-game suspension and is a two-way factor. Grade: B.

Brandon Brigman, Fr., PF. Hardly plays but has too many skills to languish on the bench next season. Grade: Incomplete. Greg Brittian, Jr., SF. Hasn't defined his role on offense; is a fair rebounder; stout defensively. Grade: C+

Kelvin Brown, Fr., SF. Had established himself as the top freshman before incurring suspensions. Grade: D.

Marlyn Bryant, Fr., F/G. Beneficiary of Brown's foibles, he has played more and is playing better. Grade: B+

Altron Jackson, Sr., G/F. Has spats of immaturity but is the team's best, most well-rounded player. Grade: A-.

Reggie Kohn, Jr., PG. Rarely practices due to a stress fracture; somehow, he is performing better than ever. Grade: A-.

Terrence Leather, Fr., F. Redshirt freshman has flashed potential the few times he has gotten a chance to play. Grade: B-.

Will McDonald, Jr., C. The revelation of the season; his emergence as the third scorer has elevated USF. Grade: A-.

Gerrick Morris, So., C. Limited minutes behind McDonald/Bernard, his shot-blocking is awesome. Grade: B-.

Brian Swift, Fr., PG. Has looked better in 2002 than 2001; his maturation is critical with Kohn hobbling. Grade: B.

B.B. Waldon, Sr., PF. A superb passer, rebounder and inside scorer -- and hideous free-throw shooter. Grade: B.

ANTI-CANCER COALITION: The men's basketball team is using its Feb.5 game against Alabama-Birmingham to raise money for cancer research at USF's Moffitt Cancer Center.

Proceeds from individual ticket sales for the 8 p.m. game will be presented to Moffitt representatives at halftime. Tickets are $12.

COUNTDOWN: Jackson is 33 points from surpassing former Charlotte star DeMarco Johnson (1,763 points) as the conference's all-time leading scorer.

REINFORCEMENTS: The women's basketball team (12-6, 2-3), coming off an upset at No.23 Tulane on Sunday, received an oral commitment last week from Santoya Campbell, a 6-foot-1 forward from Labette (Kan.) Community College.

Campbell will have two seasons of eligibility.

FUTURE BULL: Men's basketball signee Danny Oglesby, a guard for Hamden (Conn.) Hall, scored 34 points Jan. 11 in a 94-72 victory.

In the process, he broke the state scoring record of 2,691 set by Walter Luckett of Bridgeport Kolbe from 1969-72. THIEVERY: The Oracle, the USF student newspaper, reported $655 and a camera were stolen from the Marquette women's locker room Jan.11 when the Golden Eagles played the Bulls at the Sun Dome.

-- Pete Young covers USF sports. He can be reached at (813) 226-3346 or via e-mail at young@sptimes.com.

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