With the start of the 2001-02 season less than two weeks away, the USF men’s basketball teams rounds out its exhibition season tonight at 7 against Saint Leo at the Sun Dome.But the biggest news this preseason has not revolved around what the Bulls have been doing on the court, but what they haven’t been doing in the classroom.
Junior college transfer Greg Brittian was suspended “indefinitely” by coach Seth Greenberg Wednesday for failing to adhere to team academic policy.
“Greg Brittian has been suspended indefinitely for not fulfilling his academic requirements,” Greenberg said. “He must demonstrate better focus and attention to his day-to-day academic responsibilities in order for him to return to competition.”
Brittian, a 6-foot-6, 225-pound forward, scored six points, grabbed six rebounds and dished out five assists in the Bulls’ exhibition opening 86-61 victory against Angola Select. Brittian’s suspension brings the number of Bulls forced to miss time this preseason for academic reasons to three, joining senior B.B. Waldon and freshman Kelvin Brown.
Brittian’s departure coincides with the return of Waldon. Last season, the 6-8 power forward averaged 17.1 points and 7.2 rebounds per game on his way to earning second-team All Conference USA honors.
“We’ll have B.B. in the lineup some, so we’re going to try and see how people play off of him,” Greenberg said. “Again, I don’t put a whole lot of value on exhibition games because we see them practice a whole lot more than we see them in those 40 minutes.”But South Florida fans will still have to wait one more game for their first look at Brown. Greenberg said he has been impressed with Brown in practice.
“(Brown), despite not playing in the two exhibition games, has really been outstanding,” he said. “His toughness and ability to compete, put the ball on the floor, make plays and offensive rebounds are really unique for a freshman.”
Greenberg also praised redshirt freshman Terrence Leather, who missed nearly all of last season with a fractured kneecap, for his work this week in practice.
“(Leather) has stood out a little in my mind just because of how far he’s come in relation to last year,” he said. “He’s still not totally understanding (as far as) reacting, but he’s definitely been more effective each week we go on.”
In their first exhibition game, the Bulls overpowered Angola Select last Thursday. Altron Jackson led all scorers with 21 points, and South Florida got 14 apiece from Reggie Kohn and Will McDonald.
“Offensively, we’re starting to get a feel for where our shots are coming from,” coach Seth Greenberg said. “We’re not as good defensively as I’d like us to be right now and we’re kind of zeroing in on that area right now.”