Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Crater to South Florida

Former Ohio State guard Anthony Crater is transferring to South Florida, according to a release on the team's website. "I see myself making a difference there," Crater told the St. Petersburg Times after watching the Bulls play Syracuse on Friday. "The style of play and the coaching staff were great, and this is what I wanted, from a school standpoint and a basketball standpoint." Head coach Stan Heath is looking forward to having Crater in the program. "We are very excited to add Anthony to our basketball team," Heath said. "I’ve had the opportunity to watch him play as young player through the years. We felt the need to strengthen our guard play and Anthony’s ball skills, quickness and playmaking abilities will be a welcome addition to our team."

Crater left the Buckeyes after 10 games because Ohio State head coach Thad Matta "was not living up to" promises he made to Crater, Crater's former AAU coach told the Columbus Dispatch. According to Carlos Fordham, Matta told Crater that he would be the starting point guard once he entered the program and also that the signing of junior college point guard Jeremie Simmons wouldn't affect his playing time. "We don't like people to lie to us," Fordham said. "That was a lie." Simmons has started every game for the Buckeyes, while Crater had not started once. He played 13.1 minutes per game, averaging 1.2 points per contest and sporting an assist-to-turnover ratio better than 2-to-1.

Photo Credit: OhioStateBuckeyes.com

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