Jonah Mathews has made steady progress throughout his high school career and his senior year has certainly been no exception. Mathews, who has primarily played off the ball in high school, has been his team's point guard this season and the results have been positive.
At 6-foot-3 with long arms, a strong handle and smooth stroke, Mathews has always projected well as a Pac-12 shooting guard due to his high level ability to hit jumpers off the dribble. However, Mathews' vision has also improved and he projects as a guy who, at a minimum, will be able to backup the point guard position for USC.
Whether he's on or off the ball, there's every reason to think that Mathews is going to be a successful Pac-12 player for Andy Enfield and staff. He's a player who can really shoot the ball and, combined with everything else he brings to the table, Mathews was a no-brainer take for the Trojans.
During his junior season, De'Anthony Melton really put himself on the radar as a potential high major prospect and only improved over the spring and summer. USC's coaching staff was there from the beginning, as Melton went from a player to watch to someone who could really help a Pac-12 program and that effort ultimately paid off in a commitment.
Since that pledge, Melton - already one of the west's top defenders and most versatile guards - has only improved his game. As a senior, Melton has done it all for Crespi, whether it be his lockdown defensive ability, his high level rebounding for a shooting guard or his vision and unselfishness.
USC recruited Melton to play some on the ball and his passing ability certainly gives him the chance, although the development of his handle will have final say on his offensive position. If Melton can continue to improve as a jump shooter - and he's made strides - he's going to only add to his value at USC. As it is, USC is getting a big time defender who always plays hard and impacts the game in many ways.
Harrison Henderson, a 6-foot-9, 215-pound big man, committed to the Trojans back in June and the USC staff hopes he can help give their front line a boost. When evaluated at the Thanksgiving Hoopfest in late November, Henderson showed some improvement since the summer. Henderson, a Texas native, was able to connect on a couple jumpers from mid-range and showed decent touch around the basket.
He has decent length, but narrow shoulders and will need to add weight to his frame in order for him to handle opposing post players in the Pac-12. Don't expect Henderson to help USC right away, but if he takes getting in shape and getting into the weight room serious, plus continues to develop his offensive game, he could help the Trojans in time.