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November 14, 2012

UCF inks inaugural Big East recruiting class

UCF's inaugural Big East recruiting class is official.

Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) St. Thomas Aquinas guard Steven Haney and Starke (Fla.) Bradford center Justin McBride have signed National Letters of Intent, the school announced Wednesday.

McBride, who is 6-foot-10, committed in April immediately after receiving an offer. Miami, Georgia State, Jacksonville and South Alabama had also been recruited him.

"Justin really liked what he saw (at UCF)," Bradford coach Travis Chandler said in an earlier interview. "He loves the direction UCF is going. He loves the location. Orlando is maybe an hour and a half away from here. He felt very at-ease with the coaching staff. Very comfortable. With that said, he has family in Orlando. He was impressed with the campus. The facilities are new. All of that played a factor. UCF was one of the first teams to express some strong heat. That played a big part as well."

Haney, a top 150 recruit, committed to UCF in June over USF and Oklahoma State. The 6-foot-6 guard is considered a top-flight shooter and says he patterns his game after former NBA great Reggie Miller.

"UCF joining the Big East was a big plus," Haney said shortly after his commitment. "Once conference play rolls around we'll be playing top 25 caliber teams every night, playing on TV and playing against the best competition. All I've ever wanted is to play against the best and prove myself against the best players. We want to come in and help UCF build some history."

Previous interviews:

McBride is a 'big' get for UCF - April 18, 2012
Haney excited to be a Knight - July 2, 2012
Haney returns to UCF for visit - October 7, 2012



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