McFarland, an athletic and relentless player who has played the majority of his life in the paint, has improved his perimeter skills over the past year – and his outside shooting was one of the aspects that sold Floyd.
``I just felt like USC was home when I was there," McFarland said. "It reminded me so much of Las Vegas – without the gambling. It was just the best fit for me."
Academics also played into McFarland's decision. McFarland had a liver problem when he was born and spent a couple of months in the hospital, struggling just to survive.
``I want to be a pediatrician and they have a great program at USC," McFarland said.
``He's a good student and he knows that USC academically will help get him to where he wants to be," Las Vegas Prospects coach Anthony Brown said. "Tim Floyd speaks for himself and Andre wants to be close to home so his mother can see him play."
McFarland averaged 19.4 points and 10 boards per game as a junior.
``I'm turning myself into more of a guard," McFarland said. "My shooting and ballhandling used to be my weakness, but now it's starting to come along. I was always bigger than everyone, so I was forced to play on the inside. But my brother came to me last year and told me I had to work on my perimeter skills and that's what I've tried to do."