By TOM ZEBOLD
USF Senior Writer
TAMPA – The Bulls will look to book their second consecutive trip to the NCAA tournament with the help of a reloaded roster packed with talented recruits, already enrolled and taking classes at USF.
The USF women’s basketball team announced a signing class of seven so far, including freshmen Paige Cashin, Jayla King, Katelyn Weber and Trimaine McCullough along with transfers Kristi Mokube, Tamara Taylor and Ivana Vuletic.
Cashin, a 6-foot-4 forward/center, was rated as one of the top 150 recruits in the nation and top 20 at her position by ESPN HoopGurlz after averaging more than 10 points and eight rebounds during the 2011-12 season for Newark High School in Ohio.
King, a 6-foot guard/forward, is a three-time first team All-State selection out of Pine Forest High School and was named Pensacola News Journal Player of the Year in 2013. King averaged 17 points and nine rebounds as a senior while helping Pine Forest reach the regional semifinals. Florida Insider Report rated King as one of the best recruits from the south.
McCullough, a 5-foot-8 guard and a McDonalds All-American nominee, was rated as a top 100 recruit by All-Star Girls Report, HoopGurlz, Blue Star Report and Jump-Off Plus after being named first team All-State in 2011 and 2013 out of Edgewater High School in Orlando. McCullough helped lead her school to state titles in 2012 and 2013 and earned Class 6A most valuable player and Orange County All-Star Game MVP honors as a senior.
Mokube, a 6-foot-2 forward, comes to USF from Florida State, where she averaged 4.6 minutes in 27 contests during the 2011-12 season. Before college the Folkston, Ga., native was ranked as a four-star prospect and the No. 13 post player by HoopGurlz. Mokube made the Class 6A All-State second team as a senior while averaging 13.1 points and 8.6 rebounds per game.
Taylor, a 5-foot-10 guard, played two seasons at Gulf Coast State College and was ranked as the 17th-best junior college prospect in the nation by Collegiate Girls Basketball Report. The St. Petersburg native originally signed with the Bulls out of Boca Ciega High School in 2010 and helped her team win a Class 5A title before heading to college.
Vuletic, a 6-foot-3 forward/center from Norrkoping, Sweden, played the past two seasons at Northeast Community College and led her team to the NJCAA Division I National Tournament in 2013. Prior to college, Vuletic played for the 16-and-under and 18-and-under Sweden national teams, averaging 15 points and 10 rebounds.
Weber, a 6-foot-5 forward/center from Little Rock, Arkansas, started four years at Hall high school in basketball and volleyball, and was named to the All-State team for basketball in 2013. Weber averaged 6.1 points and 6.4 rebounds to go along with 2.1 blocks per game.