No Surprise for Hackett

Daniel Hackett made his decision where he'll go to college - despite the fact that he just started his junior year at St. John Bosco (Calif.). Hackett won't go all that far from home.

It wasn't much of a surprise when Daniel Hackett gave Tim Floyd and the USC staff a verbal commitment – partially because one member of the Trojans staff is Rudy Hackett.

The younger Hackett, a 6-foot-4 ½,, 200-pound junior guard at St. John Bosco (Calif.), committed to USC.

``I felt it was the best decision for me to go to USC," Hackett said. "I can't wait to be out there."

Hackett is a cerebral player who averaged 19.8 points, 8 rebounds and 3.1 assists as a sophomore. He's smart, plays hard and is extremely versatile. His father, Rudy, played at Syracuse in the 1970s and also played pro ball in Italy.

Daniel spent much of his childhood in Italy playing point guard before recently moving to California with his family.

``It didn't really matter that my dad was hired as a coach at USC," Hackett said. "I like the school a lot and I like being here in Southern California. USC is building something special and in a couple of years, they are going to be a Top 25 program."

Hackett was also being recruited by Syracuse, Arizona, Washington and Wake Forest.

``I feel like USC is the best situation for me," Hackett added. "I really like Coach Floyd and his staff."

Good answer, Daniel. Especially if you want to get your allowance from your father.

``They've been trying to get guys in and they needed someone to step up," Hackett said. "I felt like this was the best situation and I didn't want to go through the visit process. It can't be better than this."

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