This time last year, Byron Wesley was a sophomore at San Bernadino (Calif.) Cajon and starting to draw attention from high major college programs. Now a junior, Wesley has grown to 6-foot-5 and projects as one of the top wing prospects on the West Coast. After committing to USC during the summer, Wesley also made a high school switch moving to Etiwanda (Calif.) High.
So far, Wesley is happy with his move and looking forward to making an impact at SC.
"I like it a lot here," said Wesley of Etiwanda. "I really like my coach, he's intense with the players and helps us learn."
While he could have taken his time with the recruiting process and drawn even more interest, Wesley liked what he saw out of USC. Even with a new coach and questions about possible NCAA sanctions, the junior was sold on the coach and his opportunity to help out the Trojans early.
"It was because Coach O'Neill really wanted me and he showed it," Wesley told SC Playbook.com. "He's a genuine person. Also, I think I'm going to have a chance to play as a freshman."
A solidly built wing with easy range to the three point line, Wesley is wired to score. He can attack the rim off the dribble, has a developed mid range game and helps out on the glass when needed.
"I think that my biggest strength is that I'm versatile," said Wesley. "I can drive, I can shoot, I can rebound. I think one of my best attributes is my defense."
Whenever he gets a chance, Wesley is watching his future team play and he likes what he sees. He's also excited about the level of guys that will be joining him when he arrives on campus in 2011.
"We've been getting some other real good players so hopefully we can make a run when I get there," said Wesley. "It's real important to turn things around. I think we have some tradition and we'll all have a chance to go in and make a big impact."