Every team can use a big time shooter, and South Florida has found their wing scorer in the 2009 class with Shaun Noriega of North Port (Fla.) High School.
With strong interest coming from Washington State and Butler and with some mid-major offers in hand, Noriega had such a strong comfort level with South Florida that he was ready to make the call.
"Shaun just has such a comfort level with South Florida, he was ready to get it out of the way," said North Port head coach Curt Allen. "They have known Shaun for a while and saw that he was developing athletically, so he can score at the Big East level. He fits a need for them and can really spread the floor with his shooting range."
Noriega, 6-foor-4, 190-pounds, averaged 24 points per game for his 21-7 team this season. Coach Allen noted that he averaged nearly 30 points per game down the final stretch of the season while facing primarily box and one defenses.
"Shaun is a very loyal, hard working kid," said Allen. "And he is a great shooter. He can flat out score the ball."
Noriega is running with Florida Elite on the travel team circuit.