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The Scouting Report: South Florida Bulls

I can't believe I wrote this much about USF, but Orlando Antigua is pretty cool.

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Record: 7-8, 1-1
Head Coach: Orlando Antigua

Kenpom: 208
RPI: 196
BPI: 207

South Florida is a completely new look team this season with a new head coach and a complete change in personnel. They lost nine players from a year ago, including four who averaged double digits. The Bulls will look to three contributors from last season, as well as five newcomers and three players coming off redshirt for immediate impacts. Their season started off well, winning five of their first six before losing seven of their next eight. The Bulls are 1-1 in AAC play, getting smacked in their opening game against SMU 83-49. They responded well, though, defeating East Carolina 58-50 behind freshman Ruben Guerrero's 13 points, seven rebounds and three blocks.

The Bulls have shot the ball pretty well this season at 46.2 percent which ranks 65th in the nation. However, they rank 341st in 3-point percentage at 26.9. This was a problem for South Florida last season, too, as they ranked dead last in 3-point percentage. New head coach Orlando Antigua knows that 3-pointers are not this team's forte and has them only shooting 3.7 per game, which is tied for 346th in the nation.

Key Players

#4 Corey Allen Jr., Senior, Guard (6-1, 152): The team's best scorer at 15.9 points per game while also averaging 3.4 rebounds and three assists per game. Allen can play both guard positions and has a great ability to score the ball. When he wants to, he can get to anywhere on the court. The senior guard is the team's best shooter, as he is averaging 35.1 percent from behind the arc. He has filled up the scoring column in almost every game this season, scoring in double figures in all but four games. Allen's season high was a 31-point performance in a loss to Florida State.

#11 Anthony Collins, Junior, Guard (6-1, 175): Was awarded a medical redshirt a season ago after dealing with knee problems. Collins is averaging 8.6 points and a league best six assists per game. He is arguably the most important player for the Bulls and has improved his shooting, now up to 47.1 percent on the season. The junior guard is an excellent distributor and defender and has been known as a pass-first point guard throughout his career. He has recorded at least five assists in the last four games. Collins best scoring game came against Bowling Green in which he scored 20 points on 7 of 10 shooting, including 2 of 3 from three.

#1 Chris Perry, Sophomore, Forward (6-8, 242): Averaging 12.6 PPG and 7.5 RPG, which ranks second in the AAC.  Perry is the only returning big man on the team from last season, and has played a lot more due to his improved conditioning. He can finish around the basket and has a pretty nice stroke. Before the season, Antigua expected him to be one of the top rebounders in the conference, something that he has certainly been. Perry has scored in double figures in all but four games this season, including a 21-point performance on 9 of 10 shooting against Bowling Green.

#5 Nehemias Morillo, Junior, Guard (6-5, 180): A JUCO transfer who has made an immediate impact for the Bulls.  Morillo is averaging 9.4 points and 5.8 rebounds per game while shooting 26.8 percent from three. Antigua likes him a lot as he can play a variety of positions, including point guard. He is quick, athletic, mature and has the ability to shoot it well. Morillo got off to a very good start early in the season, but has struggled of late, shooting just 5 of 21 from the field in his last three games.

#33 Ruben Guerrero, Freshman, Center (6-11, 225): A member of Spain's 18U team, he is averaging 5.5 points and 3.3 rebounds per game while shooting 55.6 percent from the floor. Guerrero was picked up late in the recruiting trail, but has continued to develop this season. He has scored in double digits twice this season and is coming off his best game of the year against East Carolina.

#35 Bo Zeigler, Redshirt Freshman, Forward (6-6, 202): Averaging 5.9 points and 4.5 rebounds per game while shooting 52.8 percent from the field. He is a defensive specialist, having the ability to guard positions 1-4. If Zeigler can provide some offense, it is a nice bonus, but he is on the court for his defense.  He has scored in double figures three times this season including a 12-point performance on 6 of 9 shooting in a 71-70 win over Hofstra.

South Florida is coached by Orlando Antigua, aka "Hurricane."  Antigua is probably the coolest thing about the Bulls since his story is pretty awesome. At the age of 15 and living in the Bronx, he was shot in a drive-by shooting with the bullet being lodged in his head. He recovered well from the incident and was playing basketball just two weeks later.  Antigua also experienced homelessness through his teenage years, but was able to overcome all of this by serving as student council president and becoming a McDonald's All-American in high school. He then signed with Pittsburgh where he ranks sixth in career 3-point percentage.

After college, Antigua played with the Harlem Globetrotters for seven years, becoming the first Hispanic player on the roster. He earned his nickname "Hurricane" because of his dazzling moves and quickness while on the team. He then went on to become an assistant at Pitt from 2006-2008 before finding his way onto John Calipari's staff at Memphis. Antigua followed Calipari to Kentucky where he was his top assistant before eventually taking the job at South Florida.