McFarland Headed to Pac-10

Andre McFarland is one of those guys that was forced to play out of position for most of his life, but the Durango (Nev.) High wing got a chance to show coaches he could knock down the perimeter jumper in April and now he's headed to the Pac-10.

Tim Floyd had to scramble for players when he took over at USC, but the new Trojans head coach is getting a head start on the Class of 2006 with a commitment from 6-foot-5 wing Andre McFarland.

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.

McFarland took a visit to USC two weekends ago and also visited Oregon State. Western Illinois, Arizona State and UNLV were also in the mix.

``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."

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