Dukes remains loyal to USC

The USC men's basketball program signed five recruits to National Letters of Intent in November. Kahlil Dukes says he'll remain loyal to the Trojans despite the news of the firing of head coach Kevin O'Neill.

LOS ANGELES, Calif. - News spread quickly Monday morning of USC athletic director Pat Haden's decision to relieve men's basketball head coach Kevin O'Neill of his coaching duties.

Amongst those notified immediately was future Trojan guard Kahlil Dukes.

"Coach (Bob) Cantu called me before they publicly released it," Dukes explained via the phone on Monday after class at Hartford (Conn.) Capitol Preparatory Magnet School.

Dukes, who signed his National Letter of Intent on Nov. 14, says he remains solid to the Trojans and will not seek a way out of his commitment.

"I'm loyal to the school and will keep my commitment there," he said.

The 5-foot-11, 180-pound guard is slightly shifting mindsets as he prepares for college, "(I'll) try to be a leader to the recruits that we have coming in and keep them together," he said.

Dukes was recruited by former assistant coach, now interim head coach, Bob Cantu. "Cantu was who I committed to and I got to know (Kevin O'Neill) along the way," he said.

Dukes is a Scout.com three-star point guard.

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