USC offers 2012 Arizona point guard

USC already holds one commitment from the state of Arizona in 2012. With a recent scholarship offer, the Trojans could end up making it two verbals from the state.

The first offer for 5-foot-9, 160-pound Peoria (Ariz.)'s Dewayne Russell has come from a Pac-12 program, as this week USC opted to extend a scholarship to the 2012 point guard.

"I received an offer from USC," Russell said. "One day they called me and said they heard good things about me and wanted to come and see me play. They came to a practice, came to a game, came to another practice and then they offered me."

USC has had some success in the state of Arizona under head coach Kevin O'Neill, already holding a 2012 commitment from Phoenix Arcadia wing Larry Lewis. Current forward Aaron Fuller is also from the Phoenix area.

"I was very excited," Russell said. "That's a place I definitely would want to go if everything goes right. I'm very excited about it."

Russell has begun to learn about the USC basketball program.

"I know a lot about it," he said. "I know they put a lot of people in the NBA, like O.J. Mayo and Demar DeRozan. Coach O'Neill is a very good coach."

Russell is also getting interest from Colorado, Oregon State, San Francisco and St. Mary's. As of now, he doesn't have a timetable for making a decision.

"When the time is right for me and my family, that's when I'll make a decision," he said.

For now, Russell is concentrating on his senior season and working on his game.

"I like to make my teammates better," Russell said. "I'm trying to work on a floater, my in-between game and making my teammates better."

Scout Hoops Top Stories