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USC basketball nets two commitments

USC’s men’s basketball had its season cut short just as it looked ready to potentially make a run in the Pac-12 and then NCAA tournaments. But recruiting hasn’t stopped, and head coach Andy Enfield added two impact pieces to his future teams on Tuesday.

The earliest contributions will come from grad transfer Tahj Eaddy, who joins the Trojans after stops at Southeast Missouri and Santa Clara. The 6-foot-2, 165-pound shooting guard will be immediately eligible and have one year remaining.

The Trojans are very familiar with Eaddy, as the guard posted 21 points, eight assists and four rebounds, hitting four of his seven three-point attempts in a 102-92 overtime win for Santa Clara over USC in 2018.

Eaddy should help provide a little scoring next season, as he averaged 9.1 points per game this season, but finished the season scoring in double-digits in four-straight games. He’s also a very solid free throw shooter, having made 83% of his attempts last season and hitting 92.5% during a redshirt freshman season. And while he’s field goal percentage has gone up each of the last three years, finishing at 40.7% last year, his three-point percentage has dropped from 42.4% as a freshman to 33.3% last year.

The Trojans will have a major scoring void to fill next season, as USC is likely to lose its top four scorers–a combined 48.3 points per game–off last year’s roster. And with Jonah Mathews exhausting his eligibility, there should be an opportunity for Eaddy to perhaps challenge for that spot in the starting lineup.

A potentially bigger addition came later in the day, and will impact the roster later as well, as 2021 four-star shooting guard Reese Dixon-Waters (Playa Del Rey, Calif./St. Bernard) announced his commitment to USC.

The 6-foot-5, 195-pound two-way standout held offers from Cal, San Diego State, Santa Clara, Stanford and UCLA.

Dixon-Waters has the shot-making ability to become an offensive force and the length and agility to help the Trojans continue their strong defensive play.

He’s the No. 3 prospect in California for his class, and joins 6-foot-9 center Harrison Hornery (Santa Ana, Calif./Mater Dei) as USC verbal commitments in the 2021 class.

Erik McKinney

Erik McKinney began writing for WeAreSC in 2004, during his junior year at USC, covering the Trojans football team and recruiting. He then moved on to ESPN.com in 2011, where he served as the West Region recruiting reporter and then the Pac-12 recruiting reporter. He took over as publisher of WeAreSC in January, 2019.

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