South Florida commitment Troy Holston
South Florida and head coach Stan Heath landed an important piece of their 2014 recruiting board on Wednesday with the addition of 6-foot-4 shooting guard Troy Holston (Tampa, Fla/Oldsmar Christian). The Tampa product had narrowed his list to the Bulls and Miami before taking an unofficial visit to South Florida on Tuesday.
Wednesday morning he had seen enough and was ready to pull the trigger. He spoke about the reason's for choosing the Bulls.
“I choose South Florida because it is my hometown school and I wanted to stay here in the state of Florida,” Holston told 247Sports. “Coach Heath is a great coach, they have a great staff. Coach (Mike) Wells is a great skill development guy. He was Kobe Bryant's skill development guy with the Lakers and has coached a couple years in the NBA. Also why would I need to go out state for something I have right here in the backyard. The campus is great, the conference is tremendous and I can come in and make an impact as a freshman.”
Heath made the 6-foot-4 guard a priority early on during the recruiting process and has worked hard to build their relationship. In the end, that was an important part of Holston's decision as well.
“Coach Heath and I have a great relationship,” Holston said. “We met my freshman year at a camp and he has known me since. If anybody has seen me the most it was him, he has seen all my games whether they were good or bad. That was important to me because he really knows how I play the game and how he can improve me.”
Holston becomes the first commitment of the 2014 class for Heath and the Bulls. Rated by 247Sports with an overall grade of 88, the commitment sent the Bulls staff into celebration mode on Wednesday morning around the office.
“They were happy,” Holston said. “They were pumped they told me they were going to celebrate with champagne and they can't wait to use my skills so they were excited.”