USC closes with No. 12 recruiting class
For the first time in seven years, USC has a top 15 recruiting class on the hardwood. First year coach Andy Enfield and his staff will bring in Scout's No. 12 ranked class in 2014. The class is headlined by three top-75 players, including No. 61 Malik Marquetti, No. 40 Elijah Stewart, and No. 36 Jordan McLaughlin. The Trojans have also signed three-star prospects Malik Price-Martin and Jabari Craig. The Trojans class was sitting at No. 23 until Sunday, when Stewart decided to pledge to the Trojans. The four-star Los Angeles (Calif.) Westchester shooting guard originally signed a National Letter of Intent with Loyola Marymount. However, he was granted a release when LMU fired coach Max Good. Stewart selected the Trojans over Oklahoma State and Cincinnati, amongst others. "Stewart will join McLaughlin, Marquetti, and now eligible Katin Reinhardt – five players who compliment each other well," said Josh Gershon, Scout's west coast recruiting analyst. "USC could have one of the best back courts in the coming years. "The Trojans front court, with Nikola Jovanovic and Luis Strahinja, plus Price-Martin, Craig and committed 2015 four-man Chimezie Metu, USC also has several players who have the potential to provide depth and production in the paint. "One of the best things about Marquetti is that he is so versatile that you can run McLaughlin at the one, Stewart and Reinhardt on the wings, Marquetti at the four and then one of those guys playing the last post position – just to get USC's best potential lineup on the court." The Trojans recruiting efforts will now turn to their 2015 recruiting class, where they're already off to a strong start. The first commit in the class is 2015's No. 50 rated player, Chimezie Metu. Get in the discussion with other USC fans in the Fight On! SC Insiders Forum
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