Fringe ESPN 100 power forward and three-star prospect Dre'Kalo Clayton (Orlando, Fla./Evans) signed today with South Florida over offers and interest from Florida, Georgia, FIU, Temple and UTEP.
"South Florida fits my playing style and Coach Stan [Heath] was honest with me; everything he told me turned out to be true," Clayton said.
At 6-foot-6 and 245 pounds, Clayton is a power forward in every sense of the word. He scores through contact with drop steps and does a great job using his body to create space and angles to score over or around taller defenders. He can face up and knock down the open jumper or straight-line attack from the high post and short corner areas. Clayton is a good finisher in transition and solid passer out of the post when he draws help defenders. He competes for rebounds on both ends and works to defend his real estate in the low post. He is a workhorse with a good motor and is not only productive, but a matchup nightmare for less-mobile power forwards.
This signing is huge for Heath, as Clayton is the fifth player from the Sunshine State the Bulls have signed in the Class of 2013. He joins a talented six-man contingent that includes Heath's son, Josh Heath (Tampa, Fla./Tampa Prep), two ESPN 100 performers in center John Egbunu (Fort Walton Beach, Fla./Fort Walton Beach) and PF Chris Perry (Bartow, Fla./Bartow), super athletic swingman Byron Zeigler (Detroit, Mich./Community) and point guard Drew Davis (Fort Walton Beach, Fla./Fort Walton Beach). With its collection of length, strength, athletic ability and skill, this unit will be tough to deal with in the post and on the perimeter.
This class has a variety of basketball assets to make South Florida a major player in the Big East. In my opinion, this is Heath's best recruiting class since coming to Tampa.