USC basketball lands Charles O’Bannon Jr, son of former UCLA star

The USC basketball program landed a commitment from four-star shooting guard Charles O’Bannon Jr., a top 50 recruit.

But O’Bannon isn’t just your ordinary recruit, he comes from a basketball family. And to make matters more interesting, O’Bannon’s family has long been rivals of the Trojans after starring at UCLA.

O’Bannon is the son of Charles O’Bannon Sr., a starter on UCLA’s 1995 national championship team, and the nephew of Ed O’Bannon, another former Bruins star who went on to be a top ten pick in the 1995 NBA Draft.

The 6-foot-5 Bishop Gorman star chose USC over NC State, UCLA and UNLV.

Despite his family ties to UCLA, O’Bannon said he had their full support when he decided to opt for the rival program.

“They want what’s best for me and my future,” O’Bannon said, via ESPN.com. “They totally support me going to USC.”

O’Bannon further explained his decision to choose the Trojans, saying he enjoyed the atmosphere on campus and the coaching style of Andy Enfield.

“I felt really comfortable on campus, and it’s close to home,” O’Bannon told ESPN. “I like the environment, and I feel like I belong there. It feels like home.

“I bonded with the USC coaches the best, and their style of play fit me perfectly. I believe I can help them on the perimeter. Coach Enfield is chilled and laid back, but he corrects you when you need it. I trust the coaches at USC.”

O’Bannon is the No. 2 recruit in the state of Nevada and the No. 9-ranked shooting guard in the nation.

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Josh SanchezCAMPUSSPORTS Writer
Josh studied journalism at Seton Hill University. He is currently the Editor-in-Chief of Campus Sports. Josh is currently a member of the FWAA and USBWA. His work has been featured on Sports Illustrated, ESPN.com, FOXSports.com, CBSSports.com and many others.
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