The Class of 2017

 

CLICK HERE for earlier 2017 Recruiting Coverage from USCHoops.com


Freshmen:

Charles “Chuck” O’Bannon, Jr.
Class: Freshman
Pos.: Wing
High School: Bishop Gorman High School
Ht.: 6’6″
Wt.: 200 lbs
Comparison: Trevon Bluiett (Xavier)
HS Rating: 4/5-Star / Top 40 
Story: The bright star of the legendary O’Bannon family surprised many by committing to USC. Chuck, who excels as a perimeter scorer, earned an invitation to the McDonald’s All-American Game. A big point of focus for college will be offensive efficiency, and avoid becoming a volume scorer.


 

Jordan Usher
Class: Freshman
Pos.: Wing / Combo Forward
High School: Wheeler High School (Georgia)
Ht.: 6’6.5″
Wt.: 205 lbs.
Comp.: Justin Anderson (Virginia)
HS Rating: 4-Star/Top 125
Story: Usher is an intense, aggressive player, with strong scoring instincts. Blessed with broad shoulders on an otherwise lean frame, Usher is at his best slashing to the basket and finishing at the rim. The subtleties of half court basketball remain an area in need of improvement. For Usher to take the next step, he’ll have to refine his handle, become a more consistent shooter, and dedicate himself to be a weapon on the boards. 

 

Victor Uyaelunmo
Class: Freshman
Pos.: Center
High School: Calvary Christian Academy (Fort Lauderdale, FL)
Ht.: 7’0″
Wt.: 210 lbs.
Comp.: Amida Brimah (Louisville)
HS Rating: 3-Star/Top 200
Story: Right now, Victor is a plus- (potentially elite) defending/rebounding center with a developing offensive skill set. As is typical with players born in countries where soccer is the most popular sport, Victor is not great with his hands, and his upper body coordination needs work. However, Victor has an almost perfect basketball body with great athleticism.

 
 
Becoming Eligible (following transfer):

Derryck Thornton
Class: Sophomore (RS)
Pos.: Point Guard
Prior College: Duke
High School: Findlay Prep / Sierra Canyon High School
Ht.: 6’1″
Wt.: 175 lbs
Comparison: Ty Lawson (UNC)
HS Rating: Top 15 Overall Composite 
Story: Derryck’s season in Durham is a matter of some notoriety. He entered Duke three months after turning 18 years old,
having hurriedly graduated from high school a year ahead of when he had planned. In so doing, Derryck had foregone high school accolades and an almost-certain invitation to the McDonald’s All-American Game. The season at Duke was, in the end, mundane. Derryck didn’t play like a McDonald’s All-American, but he didn’t play poorly either. He started most of the season as the team’s point guard, and led Duke into the Sweet 16. But Krzyzewski had already recruited past him, and there were rumors of an upper body injury. In the end, a move back to the West Coast just made sense. Now the question is: Is Derryck the solid point guard we saw in his one season at Duke? or is he the potential superstar we saw in high school?
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