USC basketball recruiting continues to roll. With scholarships and playing time immediately available, that has been an intriguing combination for graduate transfer players over the past week, and the Trojans just landed their third such prospect, in Wofford’s Chevez Goodwin.
USC needed some immediate front line help due to the graduation of Nick Rakocevic and the early departure of Onyeka Okongwu. And while shooting guard Tahj Eaddy and wing Isaiah White will undoubtedly see time this season, Goodwin’s arrival will be huge in the quest to supplement the young trio of Isaiah Mobley, Max Abongkpolo and incoming five-star center Evan Mobley.
The 6-foot-9, 225-pound Goodwin led the Terriers with 6.2 rebounds and 1.1 blocks per game this past season, while finishing tied for second on the team with 11.9 points.
He shot just one three-pointer on the season, but made 64% of his shots and had five double-doubles.
In a Q and A with GoUpstate.com posted Sunday and before Goodwin selected USC, he was asked about his potential landing spot.
“Right now, I have a lot of Power Five schools contacting me,” Goodwin told GoUpstate’s Todd Shanesy. It’s been a wild few days. Schools that I never dreamed I would hear from. Power Five is definitely what I want to do. It’s always been a dream of mine. But I’m not going to a place where I won’t be able to play. I’m not going to sit on the bench. I’m going somewhere I can play right away and get some minutes. That’s what I’m working on right now. That’s what I’m talking about with my family. That’s all I can really tell you right now.”
It has been a wild week for USC basketball recruiting and for the roster turnover in general, as the Trojans have said goodbye to Okongwu and freshman point guard Kyle Sturdivant, landed immediate impact grad transfers in Eaddy, White and now Goodwin, and picked up huge commitments in the 2021 class, in guards Reese Dixon-Waters and Malik Thomas.
Goodwin began his college career at College of Charleston in 2016, before transferring to Wofford and sitting out the 2017-18 season. He scored five points and had two rebounds in Wofford’s 2019 NCAA Tournament win over Seton Hall as the Terrier’s relied on three-point shooting to reach the second round of the tournament, before an 8-for-27 performance as a team from deep resulted in a six-point loss to Kentucky.