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Men’s hoops: Three starting spots up for grabs

Posted Oct 27, 2010 by Adam Adkins

Updated Oct 27, 2010 at 03:32 PM

University of South Florida men’s basketball coach Stan Heath is less than a week away from having to pencil in his first starting lineup, but it doesn’t look like that will be an easy task.

Speaking before Wednesday’s practice at the Sun Dome, Heath said junior Augustus Gilchrist and senior Jarrid Famous have solidified their roles as starters in the post but that the other three positions are still up for grabs.

The battles taking place are between juniors Shedrick Haynes and Anthony Crater at point guard, sophomores Shaun Noriega and Mike Burwell at the 2 guard position and sophomore Jawanza Poland and Hugh Robertson at the No. 3 spot.

“I’m just going by practice, and every day I seem to shuffle the lineup around,” said Heath, who added redshirt junior forward Ron Anderson has shown enough to earn a starting spot in the post, but that he would defer to returning starters Gilchrist and Famous. “But that’s a good and a bad because I think that means we have pretty good depth and we have pretty good parity.”

The biggest battle could be at point guard, where Heath says the play has been the most inconsistent on the team, specifically in regards to taking care of the ball.

“They’re very much neck and neck ... because I’m not sure who is ready to run and lead our team,” Heath said of Haynes and Crater.

Heath would like to establish a set lineup in order to establish some consistency, but says the players have to step up and take ownership of the starting jobs in order for that to happen.

If that doesn’t happen within the next week of practice, it could come Monday in the Bulls’ lone preseason game against Eckerd, scheduled for a 7 p.m. tip in the Sun Dome.

“Sometimes you practice, practice, practice and the lights come and you’re in front of a crowd and some guys show you something else,” Heath said, “so it will give me another measuring stick to gauge who deserves what.”

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