USC signed just one prospect during the early signing period, but that was a major addition in No. 3 overall prospect Evan Mobley. On Wednesday, head coach Andy Enfield announced six additions to that signing class–a mix of grad transfers, transfers and a high school prospect.
“In the last few years we have graduated some outstanding Trojans and sent five players to the NBA,” said Enfield in a statement released by the school. “It was important for our program to bring in a unique and exceptional blend of players that as a group can continue the upward trajectory of our program.”
The additions who the Trojans will likely see immediate contributions from are the three grad transfers.
Guard Tahj Eaddy comes from Santa Clara, where he averaged 9.1 points, 2.1 rebounds and 2.1 assists per game last season. As a sophomore, he averaged 15 points per game. Eaddy has been a bit of a nomad during his basketball career. He’s from Connecticut, attended high school in Tennessee and Georgia, and began his college career at Southeast Missouri State before moving to Santa Clara. Now, the 6-foot-2, 165-pound shooting guard is hoping to make a final impression in Los Angeles.
Forward Chevez Goodwin could be a major contributor this season. The frontcourt is where most of USC’s returning players reside, but it’s still a very young group. The 6-foot-9, 215-pound Goodwin should provide a veteran addition. He averaged 11.9 points, 6.2 rebounds and 1.1 blocks in 35 starts for Wofford last season. The rebound and block numbers led the team.
Isaiah White comes to USC from Utah Valley, where the 6-foot-7, 205-pound wing averaged 14.5 points and 8.4 rebounds per game last season. White is an athletic players who can get to the rim. His 137 free throw attempts last season were just six fewer than Onyeka Okongwu had at USC.
The biggest addition to USC’s future roster might be 6-foot-11, 195-pound center Joshua Morgan, who transfers to USC from Long Beach State, where he was named the Big West’s Defensive Player of the Year as a true freshman. Morgan averaged 8.4 points, 6.1 rebounds and 2.5 blocks per game last season, and had an 8-block game against Cal State Fullerton. Morgan will need to sit out this season and then will have three years of eligibility remaining.
Also likely sitting out this season will be 6-foot-8, 185-pound guard Drew Peterson, who comes to USC from Rice. He averaged 11.1 points, 6.5 rebounds and 3.5 assists per game as he did a bit of everything for the Owls, leading the team in rebounds, assists and steals. While he isn’t exactly a sharpshooter from beyond the arc (33% last season), he did hit a three-pointer in 24 games last year. He can also get to the rim off the dribble and hit better than 82% from the line last year. As with just about all transfers, Peterson could look to be granted an eligibility waiver, but still has a redshirt year available if he is not given immediate eligilibty.
Boubacar Coulibaly joins Mobley as the lone high school players in this class. The 6-foot-10, 195-pound forward averaged 25 points and 14 rebounds per game last season and is considered a prospect with major potential as he continued to develop.
The players available this season will need to provide help immediately, as USC returns just five players from last year’s team, in guards Ethan Anderson and Noah Baumann, and forwards Max Agbonkpolo, Isaiah Mobley and Drake London.