Former Damien star Malik Fitts commits to South Florida

Former Damien High School basketball standout Malik Fitts has made a verbal commitment to the University of South Florida in Tampa, Fla.

Fitts, who helped the Spartans to the CIF Division 3 state championship in March, is currently enrolled at Brewster Academy, a private prep school located in Wolfeboro, N.H.

He had been playing in a travel ball tournament in Las Vegas when he was spotted by South Florida coach Orlando Antigua.

He had been playing on the same team as another player who had committed to USF.

“I had 31 points and played very well and he started talking to me after that,” Fitts said.

Fitts was also considering DePaul, Bradley, Nevada and Hawaii. He had unofficial visits to Portland and UC Riverside.

The 6-foot-5 shooting guard had some offers coming out Damien but wanted to take an extra year to work on maturing physically as well as improving his SAT test score.

Fitts was a first team Baseline League and All-Inland Valley selection last year as a senior.

Fitts plans to major in business.

“I am really excited about the opportunity,” he said.

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