Taylor to USC

One of the top available 2012 prospects is off the board, as USC has landed a commitment from Brendyn Taylor.

USC's 2011-12 regular season ended on Saturday and the Trojans went right to work on building next year's squad.

USC picked up a commitment from 6-foot-2, 185-pound 2012 Los Angeles Fairfax shooting guard Brendyn Taylor, who unofficially visited the school for the Trojans' game against Washington State.

"I just felt very comfortable there," Taylor said. "My brother played in the Pac-12 so I was very familiar with that. Getting to play in front of my family was very big; I get to play in front of my mom, dad, siblings and family friends that are still here."

Brendyn, whose older brother Bryce played for Oregon, chose USC over an offer from Wyoming, with several other schools showing interest.

The senior guard is a knockdown outside shooter who athletically will be able to defend the one or two at the next level.

He said there were several reasons he went with USC.

"The coaching staff is great, I felt really comfortable with them," said Taylor. "K.O. (Kevin O'Neill) has a great background in professional basketball; he coached in the NBA for several years. I like his pro style. Me and coach (Bob) Cantu really hit it off; that's my man. I really like him.

"The academics really set me over the top. I knew having a degree from USC would be great and all the networking, but talking to them in detail set me over the top. I couldn't pass up on a situation like that."

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