South Florida's Gilchrist Granted Waiver
The Story: The NCAA has granted a waiver request for USF basketball player Augustus "Gus" Gilchrist that will allow him to be eligible to play by mid-December. Gilchrist was ranked as a top 60 recruit in the class of 2007 by several recruiting services. He originally signed with Virginia Tech in November 2006 but was reportedly uncomfortable attending the college in the aftermath of the shootings. Gilchrist then attended Maryland but learned that ACC conference rules would require him to sit out a year and lose one year of eligibility. South Florida's most highly touted recruit will be eligible to play on December 14 against Niagara. The 6'10" big man will be available for the entire Big East conference schedule. "He has the potential to have a tremendous impact on our program," Coach Stan Heath said in a release. "His versatility to play inside and out makes him a dual threat and a very difficult matchup."
Ryter's Block: Don't take the Bulls lightly. South Florida was picked in many preseason polls (including CHN's) to finish last (16th) in Big East play. But if any top tier team in the Big East thinks that they can walk all over a team like South Florida, think again. Let me quote Kevin Garnett here and tell you guys that "Anything is possible...."
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