USC Goes To The JUCO Ranks

Kevin O'Neill and his staff have been working the high school ranks hard, and now they've moved to JUCO's. They picked up a 7-footer on Monday.

Kevin O'Neill has picked up commitments left and right since he's scored the USC job in late June.

On Monday the Trojans scored one of their bigger commitments -- figuratively and literally -- when Antelope Valley Junior College freshman DeWayne Dedmon gave them a verbal commitment.

"We played in an event at USC in the Galen Center within three weeks of [Kevin O'Neill] getting the job," Horton said. "I knew Bob Cantu and our first game we played K.O. almost fell out of his chair. From that moment forward Bob and K.O. recruited the kid as hard as any kid I've ever hard."

"I've had 37 division-I kids coming through here," he added. "They recruited this kid twice as hard as any kid that I've ever had. Bob is about as good of a recruiter as there is in the nation. He did a great job establishing a relationship with the kid."

Dedmon, who wears a size 19 shoe, just started playing basketball last year. He was grey shirted his first year. Then after a year of practice, working out and picking up three inches he turned into a high major prospect.

"I've never seen a kid in my life pick up things faster and quicker than this kid did," Horton said. "He came in with no habits."

Among the programs that recruited Dedmon were California, LSU, UNLV, WVU and Texas. According to Horton nearly every program that watched him work out, offered on the spot.

Dedmon will be available during the 2011 season. He joins four-star prospect Byron Wesley and three-star standout Geluan Wheelwright in the the Trojans 2011 class.

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