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June 29, 2012

Canady, family connect with Heath, Bulls

We seldom hear of a bad visit. Some are good, some are great and then there's the one Major Canady took to Tampa on Wednesday that led to his commitment on Thursday.

The Saltsburg, Pennsylvania combo guard came down with his parents and sister while the Bay Area was still getting drenched with rain from Tropical Storm Debby.

"It was raining when we first arrived at the school and then as soon as we parked the car it stopped," Canady said. "Then the sun came out and it never rained again the rest of the day. It was like a sign. We were really blown away. The campus was amazing."

Shortly after the visit Canady told USFBullsEye.com that he'd get back to us about the visit "in a few days," but in reality, he was ready to commit.

"It just felt right," he said. "I wanted to do it on campus but I didn't want to make a rash decision so I decided to sleep on it and see how I felt in the morning. And in the morning I felt like this is really where I wanted to be. I have family in Orlando. I visited them while in Florida. They could see me play, which is nice. Plus, it's the Big East."

The enthusiastic Canady said his parents are supportive of his decision to come to South Florida.

"They're happy," Canady said. "The staff meeting my family really pushed me over the edge. They connected with my family really well. They gave me a family fit I was looking for. All the coaches went out to eat with my family. They really made my family feel at home."

The junior guard grew up in Atlanta and North Carolina, but a job opportunity for his father led the family to the Pittsburgh area, where Canady enrolled at the Kiski School.

He averaged 12.3 points, 15.3 assists, 12.3 rebounds and 10.5 steals per game for the Cougars last season.

Canady becomes the third member of the Bulls 2013 class, joining point guard Drew Davis and center John Egbunu.

The 6-foot-3, 205-pound Canady chose USF over offers from Virginia Tech, Pittsburgh Tennessee, Duquesne, Tulane, Robert Morris, Cornell, Navy, UMass, Penn State and Richmond.

According to a Pennsylvania source, Canady is a facilitator at the point; he isn't flashy but he gets the job done. Due to his size and strength, he can get to the rim and finish with contact, getting many of his points at the charity stripe. Always steady, Canady has 'producer' written all over him for the next level.


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