For his latest trick, Coach Ernie Kent went into Chicago and landed a power forward. Joevan Catron, a 6-foot-6 ½ insider off the Mean Streets AAU team, committed this week after visiting campus.
"The visit was great," Catron said. "They had the USC game and I always wanted to see USC play in person. The guys are somewhat just like me: down to business and trying to get somewhere. It's a beautiful place to go to school. It's calm and it's not real noisy."
The perfect place say, for a kid from Chi-Town to call his home for the next four years? "I see an opportunity for me to come right in and play. The team should be all recruit and I can be an immediate from impact."
Catron, a strong and powerful insider who plays with an edge to go with his aggression, has always carried a reputation as a hard playing prospect. Now, he's taking his toughness to the Pac-10.
"We're tough kids (from Chicago), Catron said. "In the Pac-10 we'll compete against Arizona, UCLA and Stanford.
"The way I play – rough and rugged – I'm in the right place on the West Coast to play like that. I'm not going to back down from nobody – I don't care how big you are. I'm going to do what it takes to win and get the job done. My jump shot has gotten a lot better but I haven't been able to show people that yet but they'll see it this coming season."