Seniors Victor Rudd and Martino Brock are playing in their last season for the 10-8 USF Bulls. Rudd is the undisputed leader of the team, and is putting up 15.3 points per game at the shooting guard spot. Brock is contributing 8.3 points per game. Rudd has started all 18 games and Brock has started 10-of-18.
Anthony Collins is having an extremely disappointing junior season. I expected him to be playing at an all-conference level, but he had come back from his injury and only contributed 6.9 points per game, while averaging 31.1 minutes. Then, as he was regaining his health, he was knocked to the ground due to an apparent head injury, and taken off the court on a stretcher. He hasn’t played since. It will be very important for Collins and for the program to take his recovery very slowly and carefully.
Next year, Collins will be joined by the current freshmen big man duo of Chris Perry and John Egbunu, who have been very impressive in their young careers. Perry is averaging 9.3 points and 5.7 rebounds in 20.5 minutes per game, while Egbunu is putting up 8.1 points and 6.9 rebounds in 25.5 minutes per game. Corey Allen Jr. will also likely be returning for his senior season, and he is putting up 11.1 points per game.
The Bulls only have one commit for the 2014-15 season: 6-foot-4 shooting guard Troy Holston from Tampa, Florida. The Oldsmar Christian High School player is a three-star recruit and is rated as the No. 49 shooting guard prospect according to ESPN.com. He could see minutes right away, as Victor Rudd’s absence will leave quite the void.
Nonetheless, with two rising sophomore big men, along with rising seniors Anthony Collins and Corey Allen, Jr., I can see this team being a contender for the AAC title next season, but only if Collins is healthy. If healthy, I would go so far as to say that he can be the best point guard in the whole conference next year.