The USC basketball program made a major splash on the recruiting trail this weekend.
Speaking to Jeff Borzello of ESPN, five-star forward Taeshon Cherry announced he has committed to the Trojans. Cherry chose USC over fellow finalists Arizona, Gonzaga and Texas A&M.
Cherry joins another top recruit, four-star power forward J’Raan Brooks, on what will be a loaded roster for Andy Enfield’s squad.
The 6-foot-8, 210-pounder from San Diego said his relationship with the coaching staff was the biggest factor in his decision.
“My relationship with coach Tony [Bland] and Coach Enfield was better than all the other schools,” Cherry told ESPN.com. “Their style of play fits my style of play. Our matchup was meant to be.”
Despite USC returning all five starters from lsat season plus the addition of Duke transfer Derryck Thornton Jr., Cherry believes he will be a major contributor from Day 1.
“I see myself scoring a lot, playing a big part scoring-wise, handling a lot of minutes as a freshman” he said. “They told me I’ll be starting, since Bennie and Chimezie are both leaving. I’m ready for it. We can put them over the hump and win the Pac-12 championship.”
Cherry averaged 13.6 points and 8.6 rebounds per game on the AAU circuit this spring.
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