USC has spent several months recruiting 6-foot-6, 228-pound Mt. Pleasant (Utah) Wasatch Academy small forward Shamiel Stevenson and this weekend the Trojans hosted the 2017 prospect on an official visit.
“It was really nice, I liked it a lot. I liked everything about it,” Stevenson said. “I like everybody on the coaching staff. They’re great coaches and communicators who are very composed. They told me I fit into their system very well because of the playing style.
“They said if I go there that I’ll bring them to the level they want to be at, which is competing for a national championship. They’re very high on me.”
Stevenson has built a close relationship with USC associate head coach Tony Bland.
“He’s a great guy and natural communicator,” Stevenson said of Bland. “He’s a cool guy on and off the court. He has a lot of experience going back to his time at Syracuse.”
Even though Stevenson is still open, USC helped itself this weekend.
“As of right now USC is number one but anything can happen,” he said. “I’m being patient to see how it plays out, but they’re number one right now.”
Stevenson holds offers from USC and Georgia Tech, with other programs starting to enter the mix.
The junior will see what offers he gets this spring before making a decision.
“I’m getting ready for AAU now,” Stevenson said. “I’ve got other schools looking at me and I want to see if I can get more offers.
“I think I’ll make a decision right before school ends in May. I really don’t want to go through all the pressure, I just want to focus on playing.”