TAMPA - University of South Florida men's basketball coach Stan Heath recently sat down with Jim Lighthall, the Voice of USF men's basketball, to recap the summer and give fans a sneak peak at the 2009-10 season.
The duo started the session by talking about the seven newcomers to the squad, including four true freshmen - Shaun Noriega, Jordan Dumars, Mike Burwell and Toarlyn Fitzpatick. Heath said sophomore transfer Anthony Crater will add speed to the guard position and the Bulls will look forward to junior transfer Jarrid Famous joining returner Gus Gilchrist on the front line.
Heath and Lighthall then moved on to the coaching staff, talking about returner Reggie Hanson as well as new assistants Jeremy Cox, Eric Skeeters and new director of operations Andy Hipsher.
The Bulls also welcome strength and conditioning coach Graham Anderson, who worked at USF from 2003-05, then spent time as the head strength and conditioning coach at the University of Hartford.
Over the summer, the squad worked out with Anderson, getting stronger in the weight room and faster through conditioning drills.
The Bulls also worked summer camps in the Sun Dome, highlighted by the appearance of guest instructor Antonio Daniels, an NBA veteran and close friend of coach Heath.
USF opens the 2009-10 season on Nov. 13 at SMU, then returns for the home opener against Virginia on Monday, Nov. 16 in the Sun Dome.