Reinhardt was an off and on starter the last two seasons, starting 18 games this season after coming off the bench for only nine of last year’s 31 games. He averaged 11.4 points per game this season after leading the team with 12.5 last year. But the Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei product, increased his shooting percentage from 38 to 44.4 percent this season as he learned to take better shots within himself.
He was also key contributor on defense where Reinhardt was ofter assigned an opponent’s top wing player. His work on UCLA shooting guard Bryce Alford — helping hold Alford to just 30 points on 9-for-37 shooting in three games — helped the Trojans sweep their crosstown rival with three blowouts.
The 6-foot-6, 220-pound shooting guard began his career at UNLV where he started 34 of 35 games and scored 10.1 points for a 25-10 NCAA tournament team, but transferred to USC hoping to shine in Andy Enfield’s fast-paced offense. After sitting out a year, Reinhardt has been a key contributor the last two seasons. Though his three point and free throw percentages dipped nominally this season, the rest of his numbers increased almost all the way across the board in 1.7 less minutes per game. He rebounded better, turned the ball over less and collected more steals.
With USC bringing in two highly touted freshman wing players and 6-foot-7 Louisville transfer Shaqquan Aaron becoming eligible, minutes at the two wing positions were going to be harder to come by next season.
Reinhardt intends to graduate and would then be eligible immediately for his senior season. His decision comes on the heels of forwards Malik Martin and Darion Clark both announcing they had played their last games for the cardinal and gold.
Heading into the offseason, USC needed to clear one scholarship. The Trojans had one open scholarship and the graduation of senior Strahinja Gavrilovic will open up a second. However, Enfield already signed a three-man recruiting class.
The Trojans have now gone from needing one scholarship to having two openings. How they will use those is up for debate, but they almost certainly will be on the market for a graduate transfer big man that could come in and contribute in the paint immediately. With Martin and Clark’s transfers, USC has only three post players on the roster.
Along with a grad transfer, Enfield and company could be in the market for a young big man as well. The Trojans have been linked with 17-year-old Turkish 6-foot-11 five-star Omer Yurtseven, who turned down a significant contract offer in Turkey to pursue the opportunity to come to America and play collegiately. He possibly could be a one and done and he has been in contact with a who’s who list of schools, including the Pac-12’s Utah, Cal, Oregon, Arizona and Arizona State along with USC and national programs North Carolina, Miami, Texas and Kentucky among others.