TAMPA Teeng Akol, a 6-foot-11 forward from the Sudan who spent the past season at the IMG Academy in Bradenton, signed with the University of South Florida on Friday.
Akol will be eligible this season.
"He has great upside and a high ceiling," USF coach Stan Heath said. "He's someone that's real hungry to be good. He has good skills inside and out and he'll continue to work and get better."
Heath said Akol, who completes USF's recruiting class, has the talent to contribute immediately as a freshman.
"I've seen him in games where he's shot 3s and then worked around the basket, blocking shots," Heath said. "He has a great intensity level and whether he plays forward or center for us, it doesn't matter. We will have to get him in the weight room and gain some weight."
Meanwhile, former USF center Kentrell Gransberry, who was not selected in Thursday's NBA draft, said he signed a free-agent contract with Detroit.