USF men’s basketball coach Stan Heath keeps bulking up in the area the team needs the most.

In April, Heath said the Bulls needed to add depth and talent in the post and Wednesday he added another recruit to that area: Kansas State transfer Ron Anderson.

Anderson, a 6-foot-8, 245-pound junior, signed a Grant-in-Aid to become the third post player in Heath’s 2009 class. The Bulls have five other players incoming next season.

“I was aware of Ron in high school and at that time he was about 290 pounds,” Heath said in a statement. “Today, he weighs 245 thanks to a lot of hard work. He is a skilled player, with a high motor, toughness and a very high basketball IQ. The one year off will allow him to take his game to the next level. He is a hidden gem and I have no doubt he will have a major impact on our program.”

Anderson, who averaged 5.2 points and 5.3 rebounds last season, shot 53.2 percent from the floor in his career. He’ll have to sit out the 2009-10 season because of NCAA transfer rules.

Anderson went to the NCAA tournament with the Wildcats in his freshman season, scoring 10 points in a victory over USC. The dual-threat forward is also the son of former NBA player Ron Anderson Sr.

“I felt comfortable with the coaches and players during my visit,” Anderson said in a statement. “They were very welcoming and made me feel like family from the first minute I stepped on campus. I honestly believe we’re about to make history for our fans, alumni and the entire community of Tampa Bay. USF is on the rise in the Big East and I am privileged and excited to be a part of it.”

Along with Anderson, the Bulls are adding center Jarrid Famous, forward Toarlyn Fitzpatrick and guards Mike Burwell Jr., Jordan Dumars and Shaun Noriega. Guard Anthony Crater will also be eligible to play Dec. 12 after transferring from Ohio State last year.

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