Dukes is a Trojan

The Trojans received their first 2013 verbal commitment Sunday from combo-guard Kahlil Dukes.

USC head coach Kevin O'Neill and the Trojans received their first 2013 verbal commitment over the weekend.

Hartford (Conn.) Capital Prep Magnet combo guard Kahlil Dukes will be packing his bags to head west.

"I know how serious [Kevin O'Neill] was about me," said Dukes, "and that I'd be in good hands and that I was going somewhere that really wanted me."

The 6'0" 175 pound recruit landed the USC offer in April after a strong performance in Las Vegas.

It's fitting he committed when back out in Vegas for the Adidas Super 64, where he dropped to 40-plus point performances.

"[USC] has been showing the most interest," Dukes said. "I'm excited."

He's also looking forward to a challenge.

Dukes' attitude could be just the type the Trojans need after a trying 2011-2012 season, finishing with a 6-26 record.

"Where I'm coming from, me and my school came from nothing," Dukes explained. "The first year at my school we lost 20, so I have no problem coming to a losing program and helping them build."

Dukes' prep team lost in the state title game this past season. He vows they will be back.

"I'm a scorer and I bring a will to win to the game," he said. "I'm going to go out there and do whatever it takes to win. Whatever my team needs is what I'm willing to do."

Dukes will make his first trip to USC in late September for his official visit.

"I'm sure when I go out there I'm not going to want to go home."

Despite having yet been to campus, he says USC feels like the "best of both worlds," because of the basketball program and academic possibilities.

"'I'll be in LA and they have my major which is cinematic arts," Dukes said. "I want to be in the film industry, and I'll be in LA so I'll have all kinds of access to that stuff."

The Trojans still have room for five more commitments in their 2013 recruiting class.

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