Father: Bulls still getting Famous

Despite a report from The Tampa Tribune on Tuesday saying that men’s basketball junior college transfer Jarrid Famous was determined to get out of his letter of intent to USF, his father, Jerome, said otherwise.

Jerome Famous told the St. Petersburg Times that his son, who signed his letter of intent to USF on April 23, is still coming to play for coach Stan Heath.

“Jarrid is going to South Florida. He’s not switching schools,” he said.

On Tuesday, the Tribune reported that Jarrid Famous was strongly reconsidering his decision to come to USF, citing Mickey Carey, former assistant coach at Westchester Community College in New York.

Carey told the Tribune that Famous “does not feel comfortable with USF anymore” and is prepared to sit out the 2009-10 season if USF doesn’t release him.

Carey could not be reached for comment by The Oracle.

USF assistant coach Byron Samuels was fired a week prior to Famous’ commitment, the Tribune reported. A few days later assistant coach Dan Hipsher left for Alabama. Famous was not informed of the firings, Carey said.

“He’s really fed up. I think the situation at USF doesn’t look good,” Carey told the Tribune.

Jerome Famous told the Times that Carey has tried to steer his son away from USF in the past, but said he remained confident that his son would not back out of the commitment to the Bulls.

Famous ranked among the national junior college leaders in points and rebounds last year.

— Staff report