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USC basketball recruiting stays hot with another commitment

USC basketball added its third commitment over the past several days, as another four-star in-state prospect joined the Trojans’ 2021 class.

The Trojans nabbed commitments from graduate transfer guard Tahj Eaddy and four-star 2021 shooting guard Reese Dixon-Waters this past Tuesday. On Friday, USC added another in-state shooting guard capable of filling up the stat sheet to the 2021 class, as 6-foot-4, 190-pound Malik Thomas (La Verne, Calif./Damien) announced his commitment.

The Trojans did some fairly quick work here, as USC offered in late February and the coaches were able to reel Thomas in, despite an Arizona offer coming in mid-March.

Thomas led his team to a 26-9 record this season, as he was named to the Baseline League first team and set a single-season school record with 888 points.

Thomas is also a member of the Compton Magic, an AAU program that recently sent Isaiah Mobley, Evan Mobley and Onyeka Okongwu to USC, and also fields Dixon-Waters.

With Thomas’ commitment, alongside Dixon-Waters and 6-foot-9 center Harrison Hornery (Santa Ana, Calif./Mater Dei), USC has commitments from three of the top-14 California prospect in the 2021 class, as well as the nation’s No. 1 recruiting class.

The Trojans are searching for more bodies to add to the upcoming roster via the transfer portal, however, as early departures–Okongwu to the NBA Draft, Kyle Sturdivant to the transfer portal–have left USC with holes to fill and space available.

USC missed on Columbia grad transfer Patrick Tape earlier this week, when the 6-foot-10 center announced his commitment to Duke.

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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