USC’s basketball roster continued its massive overhaul from the 2019-20 season on Monday. Another transfer is on his way to the Galen Center, as former Rice guard Drew Peterson announced his commitment to USC.
Peterson spent the past two seasons at Rice and averaged 11.1 points, 6.5 rebounds and 3.8 assists per game last year. The 6-foot-8, 185-pound guard announced his intention to transfer from rice in early April. He committed to Minnesota in late April before backing off that commitment.
Peterson is a uniquely-skilled guard in that his size makes him a difficult matchup, but he can handle the ball well, create his own shot and find open teammates. He led Rice in both rebounding and assists last season, while finishing third on the team in scoring.
Since Peterson played both of his two seasons at Rice, he would be able to use a redshirt season if he needs to sit out due to transfer rules. There is still ultimately a chance that student-athletes are granted a first-time transfer option without losing a season, though it is looking increasingly doubtful. If Peterson does have to sit out the 2020-21 season, he would still have two years to play at USC.
USC has been extremely active with transfers this off-season, as the Trojans have grabbed commitments from guard Tahj Eaddy, wing Isaiah White and forward Chevez Goodwin–all of whom will be eligible this fall. USC also landed a commitment from Long Beach center Joshua Morgan, who will have to sit out this season and then have three years to play for USC.