Pope told FOX Sports NEXT on the telephone he isn't ready to share his top schools, a list he's expecting to make public next month, but he is naming a few schools who are recruiting him the hardest.
Pope says it's Trojan assistant Jason Hart in charge of his recruitment at USC. "He seems like a cool guy," Pope said. "We have good chemistry.
"[Hart] tells me how good of a fit I'd be there and they'd get the ball in my hands."
The 6-foot-9 210-pound small forward says he wants to play in a fast-break system that will allow him to get up and down the floor. He says his strength right now is his shooting, that his defense and shot blocking need improvement.
Pope has yet to take an unofficial visit to USC. He says he really hasn't put much into the recruiting process as of late, choosing instead to focus on his own academics.
He's expecting to return to the court next month from his injury. Pope says at the time, he has nothing set for unofficial or official visits.