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USF women land prospect from Orlando
By GREG AUMAN
Published June 24, 2007
TAMPA - USF women's basketball coach Jose Fernandez has landed a major commitment from one of the state's top prospects from the Class of 2009, getting a pledge this week from Jennifer George, a 6-foot-2 junior at Orlando Bishop Moore High.
If it seems far ahead to make such a commitment, George said she knew where she wanted to play when she was a freshman, visiting USF's campus for the first time.
"It was love at first sight, " said George, who averaged 12.5 points and 7.2 rebounds in helping Bishop Moore to a 27-3 record; the team lost in the Class 4A state semifinals to eventual champ Jensen Beach. "I'm really excited about committing. Everything about (USF) just made me want to play there."
MEN'S BASKETBALL: USF tweaked its first schedule under coach Stan Heath, with Campbell dropping out of a game scheduled for Dec. 22. The Bulls found a replacement on the same date in St. Francis (N.Y.), which went 9-22 last season in the Northeast Conference.
The Terriers are used to Big East competition, as they play St. John's each year, losing 59-42 last season. It's a one-game contract to meet in the Sun Dome.