Despite injuries and the loss of superstar Kitija Laska for the season, USF got a nice shot in the arm over the holiday break with the addition of Latvian star Luize Septe.
Last spring, South Florida added the five-star recruit to their 2018 recruiting class, but she was unable to join the Bulls until the mid point of this current season. She arrived in December and began practice with the Bulls and is currently eligible for the remainder of the season. She made her debut in a 78-49 loss to LSU where she notched four points and two rebounds in 20 minutes.
Septe was a highly regarded international standout. With an already promising Latvian-establish pipeline, it's no surprise Septe chose USF following in Laska's footsteps. She competed in the 2018 World Cup, was a member of the U18 Latvian national team where she averaged eight points, five rebounds and two assists during the 2017 European Championships.
Both Laksa and Septe played for top Latvian club TTT Riga before attending USF. Last season Septe averaged 10.5 points, 5.7 rebounds and two assists.
"Luize brings a tremendous skill set and great international experience," said USF head coach Jose Fernandez per release. "She has shown the ability to play at a high level while competing with the Latvian national teams. She will be a great fit for our program."
At 5-foot-11, that skill set includes length on the perimeter with a versatility that allows her to score it multiple ways. She is a highly efficient scorer and has a proven capability to put up big numbers in spurts. She can get it to the rim, has soft touch, can finish with contact and can stretch the floor as an offensive threat. She uses her length well to pursue the basketball as a solid rebounder.
As with any freshman, it will take some time to acclimate to the highest levels of college basketball, but look for Septe to continue to gain valuable minutes as she adjusts and transitions into the Bulls system.
USF currently sits at 9-5 and are back in action this weekend as they take on Temple on Saturday, January 5th at 3:00pm ET to begin AAC play.