Class of 2017 three-star center Victor Uyaelunmo has committed to USC. The seven-foot tall big man becomes the second commit for the USC class, alongside four-star guard from Georgia, Jordan Usher.
From Calvary Christian HS in Miami, Florida, Uyaelunmo had narrowed down his decision to his final three teams of USC, Vanderbilt, and Tennessee, on Wednesday. He had also received offers from other top-flight programs such as Florida, Louisville, Connecticut, and Georgetown, but chose to join with Andy Enfield and the Trojans.
Things will be crowded on campus when Uyaelunmo arrives, despite the fact that he’ll be the tallest player there. The Trojans have four underclassmen forwards that stand at least 6’10” and figure to get 2016 as their proving ground, while Uyaelunmo continues to develop during his senior season of high school.
The Trojans made the NCAA Tournament last season for the first time with Andy Enfield at the helm. They lost in the opening round to Providence, but it was the team’s first NCAA appearance since 2011. The team has made it to the Sweet Sixteen only twice since 1961 and hasn’t made a Final Four since 1954, despite the University’s immense success on the gridiron.
Having hired the former Florida Gulf Coast maestro, the Trojans are hoping that Enfield can attract a similar brand of basketball that got him to the Sweet Sixteen, but on the scale of Power 5 Conference resources. The signing of a big man such as Uyaelunmo indicates the program’s reach to recruit back in Enfield’s old backyard of Florida.