Coach Orlando Antigua and the Bulls’ coaching staff have gotten off to a quick start in their rebuilding efforts, adding two more recruits in the national early signing period, with another reported to be on the way.
Forwards Luis Santos and Tulio Da Silva were announced as the latest additions to the 2015 recruiting class and ESPN.com rates both as four-star athletes.
Antigua said he not only looks for players that have the physical ability to fit into his up-tempo system, but also players that are invested in his plans for the Bulls.
“You try to fulfill needs and you try to upgrade where you can talent-wise and then you try to identify kids that fit the way you want to play and also understand and appreciate the vision that you have for the program,” Antigua said.
But what was most impressive to Antigua wasn’t what the players can do on the basketball court.
“You want to try to bring in kids that want to be a part of what we’re trying to build here at South Florida and that want to be here,” Antigua said. “That says a lot about those kids, to be able to commit this early with a new staff with so many unanswered questions that are going to be out there.”
Santos, a 6-foot-9, 235-pound forward from Sunrise Christian Academy in the Bronx, New York, averaged 11.1 points and 5.6 rebounds per game in 14 games last season. In his first game this season, Santos contributed 18 points and 14 rebounds in a 95-28 win.
Da Silva, originally from Brazil, currently plays for Arlington Country Day School in Jacksonville. The 6-foot-8, 200-pound forward recently played for the Under-18 Brazilian National Team. In 18.8 minutes per game, he averaged six points and 6.2 rebounds.
“Tulio is really a special player,” Antigua said in a press release. “He is somewhat unheralded right now as people are just starting to get to know him. He had a fantastic summer with the 18-and-under Brazilian National Team. He is someone who can have a really big impact for us on the boards, running in transition and playing the way we want to play in multiple positions.”
The school has yet to announce the addition of junior college transfer Luis Montero. According to ESPN.com, Montero committed to USF on Tuesday. The 6-foot-8 forward had offers from Alabama, Arizona, SMU and West Virginia.