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October 4, 2013
Nico's Nuggets: Week 1 report and Q/A with Heath
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Runningthebulls.com basketball writer Nico Ghibauldy recently had the opportunity to sit down and chat with the USF Men's Basketball Head Coach Stan Heath.Coach Heath discussed his thoughts and observances from the first week of official team practice.
He also spoke about his optimism about the upcoming season, the talent of his incoming recruiting class, and the impact the new big men could have on improving the rebounding margin, something that plagued last year's Bulls team.
Q and A with USF Men's Basketball coach Stan Heath
RTB: With a new and nationally-ranked recruiting class, Bulls fans obviously have reason to be excited. What have you seen from the new guys in practice this week?
RTB: Obviously last year's squad struggled with the rebounding factor, especially when Toarlyn Fitzpatrick, who's not a true center, was thrown in the middle by necessity. This year with big men like John Egbunu and Chris Perry coming in, what kind of impact can you expect from them, specifically regarding the rebounding battle?
RTB: As a team, what are some offensive and defensive goals for this season?
RTB: Last season, Victor Rudd had his decision-making questioned at times, especially on the offensive end of the floor. What do you expect to see from him this year? Many scouts have been talking about his potential to be an NBA player.
RTB: There is obviously a battle for the starting shooting guard spot heading into this year, with Javontae Hawkins, Musa Abdul-Aleem and Martino Brock all bringing something different to the table. What do you want to see from those guys in order to claim the starting spot?
RTB: You mentioned Zach LeDay. He and Chris Perry have both have had a great offseason in the weight room, with both of them putting on 20-25 pounds of muscle. That will definitely help inside.
RTB: With Anthony Collins recently having his knee drained, Bulls fans have reason for concern. What's the update on AC from a health standpoint?