The Men of Troy experienced a myriad of setbacks and struggles in 2012, but can look towards a potentially brighter future: Long Beach Poly phenom and Trojan signee Roschon Prince has been selected as the Gatorade state player of the year in men’s basketball, on Thursday.
Prince signed with the Trojans back in November, and will begin his career in Troy this coming fall. Considered one of the top seniors in California this year, the newly-appointed Gatorade Player of the Year is poised to make an immediate impact at USC.
“Roschon Prince was the player who really made us go,” Coach Sharrief Metoyer said in a statement. “He does so many things on the court to help the team win.”
The 6-foot-6 forward averaged 20.3 points, 7.2 rebounds and 2.3 assists for Poly this year, who finished the season 28-4. His Jackrabbits faced St. John Bosco in the CIF Southern California Open Division quarterfinals, a game that Poly won at the buzzer, 61-59. For Prince it was a momentous day, as he surpassed 2,000 career points in that game. They went on to face Mater Dei in the semifinals, which they ultimately lost, but Prince dropped 25 points in the loss.
Prince is the second Long Beach Poly player to win the award, as Ryan Anderson received the same honor during the 2010-11 season.
Aside from Prince, USC welcomes PG Julian Jacobs, F Nikola Jovanovic and Kahlil Dukes.