TAMPA, Fla. — The ship is still leaking and listing as another member of last year’s men’s basketball team jumps ship and hit the ground running away from the University of South Florida.
Saying so long to Tampa, the blue water of the bay and to the Bulls is sophomore guard Michael Bibby, he becomes the seventh member of last year’s team to pack his bag to look for greener pastures somewhere else.
Bibby played in 29 games and averaging 23 minutes, he scored 6.6 points a game, averaged 1.7 rebounds a game but he made 60 turnovers on team that led the universe in turning the ball over.
Bibby joins Malik Fitts, Ruben Guerrero, Geno Thorpe, Luis Santos, Bo Ziegler and Jake Bodway they have all decided that they no longer want to play basketball for the University of South Florida.
University of South Florida basketball coach Brian Gregory and his staff continue to work with what they got as a team but Gregory did get a player to commit to play for the University of South Florida.
Justin Brown is a 6-6 swingman from Birmingham, Alabama, Brown played his postgraduate year at Hargrave Military Academy. He led the Tigers to a record of 43-2 and he averaged 11 points a game, seven rebounds and he converted 39 percent of his three-point attempts.
“We are very pleased with the addition of Justin Brown to our USF men’s basketball program,” Gregory said. “His size, versatility, skill package and athleticism will put him in a position to make an immediate impact in our program.”
USF basketball fans are hoping that some of his skill package is the ability to hang on to the ball.
“Justin is also a perfect fit when it comes to character and academic excellence, components that we emphasize greatly in the recruiting process,” Gregory said about getting Brown to sign with the Bulls. “It is important that we recruit from high-caliber, winning programs and Justin has come from two such programs at Hargrave and Spain Park.”
Brown attended Spain Park High School in Birmingham, where he was an All-State honoree and four-time All Birmingham Metro selection.
Gregory has made his decision about the assistant coaches earlier this month.
Joining him inside the classroom and out on the sideline is Chad Dollar, Scott Wagers and Tom Herrion.
Dollar is no stranger to the University of South Florida. He has come home to guide this program to better night and days. He played for three years (1990-93) and helped his team in 1991 to make a NIT appearance and then an appearance in the NCAA Basketball Tournament in 1992.
“I’m thrilled about bringing Chad back to USF basketball program,” Gregory said. “He has separated himself as one of the best recruiters in the country. Chad tremendous family will be exceptional ambassadors to our program.”
Scott Wagers hired by Gregory in late March. He joins the staff after having a successful three-year tenure at Jacksonville University. He led the Dolphins to back-to-back winning seasons which included a 13-game home winning streak, the programs longest in 42 years.
Gregory says that Wagers is a hard worker and is dedicated to the long hours of recruitment.
“Scott is a tireless recruiter with ties local and nationally,” Gregory said about Wagers. “I am unbelievable excited to have Scott join our staff here at USF.”
Gregory got the chance to add Tom Herrion to his coaching staff and he did not hesitate to hire him.
Herrion has overseen two basketball programs. He has guided Marshall University from 2010-14 and the College of Charleston from 2002-06.
Herrion work this season as a special assistant to Texas Christian University’s basketball coach Jamie Dixon and he helped the Horned Frogs win the 2017 NIT Tournament.
“I’m excited to have a coach of Tom’s caliber and experience join our staff,” Gregory said about Herrion. “He has always been associated with championship caliber programs including this past season at TCU.”
Now that the staff is in place, Gregory and the USF basketball fans are hoping that players will want to stay and play for the Bulls and for Gregory’s coaching staff.
About the Author
Written by Mel Suiter
Graduated from Eastern Michigan University in 2002 and have been working as a beat writer for The Ypsilanti Courier covering Eastern Michigan University football and men's basketball during my school career and after graduation. I like the Mid-American Conference and the rest of the mid-major conferences.